Doctor, assistant charged following ‘pill mill’ raid at Dearborn clinic


THIS GRAFFITI IN ANN ARBOR.>>>AND NOW TO THE CASE OF A DOCTOR AND HIS ASSISTANT. BROUGHT BEFORE A JUDGE TODAY IN CONNECTION WITH A RAID AT A CLINIC IN DEARBORN. THE TWO ARE ACCUSED OF RUNNING A SO-CALLED PILL MILL OPERATION OUT OF THAT BUILDING THERE IN DEARBORN. ROD MELONI JOINS US NOW LIVE WITH WHAT WAS REVEALED IN COURT THIS MORNING. ROD?>>Reporter: YEAH, RHONDA, WE’RE GETTING A WHOLE LOT A BETTER PICTURE OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING OUT HERE. NOW THE NEIGHBORS WERE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE LONG LINES OF PEOPLE SEATED OUT HERE SPENDING THE NIGHT IN FRONT OF THE CLINIC WAITING TO HAVE THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOME PAIN MEDICATION POID PAIN MEDICATION. BUT THE POLICE ARE NOW SAYING THERE WAS A VERY SPECIFIC WAY YOU WENT AND DID IT BECAUSE THEY HAD SENT SOME UNDERCOVER OFFICERSES IN. THE CLAIM IS THAT YOU GO IN AND YOU TALK TO THE OFFICE MANAGER AND THEN THE DOCTOR WOULD THEN TAKE CARE OF YOU. SO I’M GOING TO SHOW SOME VIDEO HERE. WE’LL START WITH DR. MOHAMED DURANI 67 YEARS OLD HE LIVES IN WEST BLOOMFIELD. HE HAS BEEN IN GENERAL PRACTICE FOR ABOUT 40 YEARS. HE HAS BEEN AROUND THIS TOWN FOR A VERY LONG TIME. HE WAS HAVING DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING THE JUDGE. THEY HAD TO SPEND A LITTLE TIME HELPING HIM TO GET UP TO SPEED IN TERMS OF WHAT IT WAS THAT WAS GOING ON IN THE HEARING. THEN AFTER HIM WAS BROUGHT IN THE OFFICE MANAGER. SHE’S 28 YEARS OLD. SHE’S FROM DETROIT. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THAT THEY BOTH HAVE FOUR COUNTS OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE DISTRIBUTION SHE ALSO HAS ANOTHER COUNT OF A HABITUAL OFFENDER STATUS WHICH COULD GET INTERESTING AS THEY MOVE INTO THIS INVESTIGATION. BUT LET’S HEAR THEM READ ONE OF THE CHARGES TO THE DOCTOR THE JUDGE TALKING TO HIM ABOUT WHAT SPECIFICALLY HE’S BEING CHARGED WITH.>>COUNT ONE YOU DID CREATE OR DELIVER IN PRESCRIPTION FORM FOR LESS THAN 50 GRAMS OF A MIXTURE CONTAINING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE HYDROCODONE CONTRARY TO MICHIGAN LAW 331042 A 4. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT CHARGE?>>UNDERSTAND.>>SO THAT WAS HYDROCODONE. THERE HE ALSO IS ALLEGED TO HAVE GIVEN OUT ADDERALL PRESCRIPTIONS BUT THERE’S MUCH MORE TO THIS CASE. THERE ARE GOING TO BE PRELIMINARY EXAMS COMING UP IN SEPTEMBER, ALSO THE PROBABLE CAUSE HEARING. BUT WE’RE GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE THINGS THAT THEY WERE PRESCRIBING THAT ALLEGEDLY PRESCRIBING ANYWAY THAT BROUGHT SO MANY PEOPLE OUT HERE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

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