Michigan State Police raid Dearborn Medical Clinic


PEOPLE TO AVOID THE AREA.>>>MEANWHILE HERE AT HOME, DEVELOPING THIS NOON, MICHIGAN STATE POLICE SWHOOPED IN MAKING ARRESTS IN THE INVESTIGATION OF A SO-CALLED PILL FACTORY THIS MORNING. IT HAPPENED AT THE DEARBORN MEDICAL CLINIC WHICH IS LOCATED RIGHT AT THE CORNER OF WARREN AVENUE IN GREENFIELD IN NORTHWEST DEARBORN. THAT’S WHERE A LOT IS GOING ON. LOCAL 4’S ROD MELONI IS THERE LIVE TO BRING US UP TO SPEED ON WHAT THIS RAID IS ALL ABOUT. ROD?>>Reporter: YEAH, RHONDA, THIS WAS A SIMULTANEOUS RAID. THEY HIT HERE AT THE DOCTORS OFFICE BUT ALSO HILT HIS HOME IN WEST BLOOMFIELD THIS MORNING AT ABOUT 8:00. NOW WHAT WE’RE TOLD HERE THIS IS AN OPIOID PRESCRIPTION PROGRAM ON STEROIDS AND THAT IT WAS OXYCODONE AS THE DRUG OF CHOICE. AMIDST THE BLINKING LIGHTS AND POLICE OFFICERSES MILLING ABOUT THE SIGN SAYS WALK-IN. BUT — IT WAS MORE LIKE A SIT-IN. THE CLIN IBIC ATTRACTED PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER AND DID SO AT ALL HOURS OF THE DAY AND NIGHT.>>PEOPLE LINED UP HERE FROMLY:00 IN THE MORNING AROUND THE CLOCK.>>Reporter: MICHIGAN STATE POLICE SPOKESPERSON MIKE SHAW TELLS US THIS WAS BEYOND DISRUPTIVE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.>>YOU’VE GOT NOTHING BUT PEOPLE LINED UP AROUND THIS NEIGHBORHOOD SITTING IN CHAIRS, THEY ACTUALLY ORDERED FOOD TO COME INTO THIS PLACE. WHEN WE HIT THE DOOR RELEASE PEOPLE OUT HERE SMOKING MARIJUANA RIGHT IN THE DOORWAY AS OUR OFFICERSES HIT THE PLACE.>>Reporter: POLICE ARE CALLING THIS A PILL MILL. THE DOCTOR ALLEGEDLY HAVING PRESCRIBED MORE THAN HALF A MILLION OPIOID PILLS SINCE JANUARY. THEY CLANL ROUGHLY HALF OF THOSE PILLS ENDED UP SOLD ON THE STREET. DEARBORN POLICE CHIEF SUMMED UP HIS VIEW OF THE PROBLEM THE CLINIC PRESENTED.>>THAT THIS DOCTOR CERTAINLY WAS ABUSE 95 WHAT HE WAS DOING HERE.>>Reporter: VETERAN BRIAN HOLT WAS INSIDE THE CLINIC WHEN THE POLICE RAIDED THE PLACE.>>I WAS JUST SITTING THERE WAITING TO BE SEEN ALL OF A SUDDEN JUST A BUNCH OF COPS CAME IN THE BUILDING ASKED EVERYBODY TO TAKE SEATED. THEY TOOK THE DOCTOR OUT IN HANDCUFFS THEN STARTED TAKING EVERYBODY OUT IN ZIP TIES THAT WAS INSIDE THE OFFICE.>>Reporter: NOW WE TALKED TO HIM AUT HIS PRESENCE IN THE OFFICE THEY RELEASED HIM HE SAYS HE’S A CANCER PATIENT THAT HIS ORIGINAL PRESCRIPTION WAS FROM THE V.A. AND THAT HIS DOCTOR HERE WAS HIS PRIMARY PHYSICIAN. SO HE DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG AND HE’S NOT SURE QUITE HOW ALL OF THIS WORKS. BUT HE SAYS HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE PILL MILL. IN THE MEANTIME, THE OFFICE MANAGER ALONG WITH THE DOCTOR WERE ARRESTED HERE TODAY. THE EXPECTATION IS THAT THEY’LL BE IN FOR ARRAIGNMENTS FIRST THING TOMORROW MORNING. BACK TO YOU.>>WELL, ROD, A COUPLE OF THINGS. ONE, IF THEY FOUND ANYTHING AT THE DOCTOR’S HOME AND THEN JUST TO UNDERSTAND THIS IS A CLINIC BUT THEY ALSO DISTRIBUTE THE PILLS AS WELL?>>NO, THE PILLS WERE PURCHASED ELSEWHERE. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY WERE PRESCRIPTION PADS FILLED OUT HERE AND THEN THE DRUGS WERE ALLEGEDLY PICKED UP AT A PHARMACY SOMEWHERE. THEY WEREN’T PHYSICALLY HANDING OUT PILLS HERE THAT IS A VERY GOOD QUESTION, GOOD POINT. THE OTHER THING IS THAT WE’RE TOLD THAT UP IN WEST BLOOMFIELD THEY GOT A LOT OF CASH AND THEY GOT A LOT OF PRESCRIPTION PADS. BUT AFTER THAT THEY’RE NOT SAYING MUCH MORE ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE ABLE TO GET. IN WEST BLOOMFIELD OF COURSE THE HOME OF THAT DOCTOR.

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