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2012 Nevada Drug SummitTactical Diversion Investigations               and   The Connection to Heroin                    J...
DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
ObjectivesTo understand how doctors and pharmacists contribute to the amount of prescription pills available in the illeg...
Prescription Drug Abuse: A National                Crisis6.1 million Americans 12 or older were current users of prescrip...
Prescription Drug Abuse: A National                CrisisEstimated cost of CPD diversion and abuse to public and private ...
Trends from Across the   Nation        DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
Ohio’s Drug Epidemic  DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
South Florida’s Blight  DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
Georgia on the Mind of Drug Dealers“A worrisome new kind of drug dealer is gaining  a toehold in Georgia after fleeing cra...
Crisis on Long Island16 Pharmacy robberies on Long Island from October 2008 to July 2011Armed robberies of pharmacies in...
Opioid Deaths: “The Real Orange               County”80 accidental opioid-related deaths for South[Orange] County and beac...
Prescription Drug Threat in NevadaCPD abuse contributed to more drug-related deaths in Clark County than any other abused...
Prescription Drug Threat in NevadaThe increasing distribution and abuse of CPD pose a significant threat to NevadaNevada...
Prescription Drug Threat in NevadaLas Vegas is a popular source destination for CPDs  – Widely considered most prolific s...
Drug-Related Deaths Clark County                                                        2006 v. 2011         Drug     2006...
Commonly Abused OpioidsOxycodone (Schedule II)  – OxyContin is a brand name of a time    release version of oxycodone  – ...
DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
OxycodoneMany ways to abuse Oxycodone tablets:     -   Orally     -   Snorted     -   Injected     -   SmokedMany users ...
OxyContin ® v. Heroin  DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
Cheaper heroin gives rise to new set of usersAtlanta Journal-ConstitutionHeroin is mounting a comeback, appealing to a you...
DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
Delco task force tackles heroin plagueSeptember 09, 2012 By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff WriterAlarmed by a surge in h...
Southern California OxyContin Abusers          Switching to HeroinBy StopOxyMonday,February 27th, 2012Drug treatment offic...
Commonly Abused DepressantsCarisoprodol = Soma (Schedule IV)Clonazpam = Klonopin (Schedule IV) Diazepam = Valium (Sched...
Commonly Diverted PillsOxycodone        Xanax (alprazolam)             Lortab (hydrocodone)               Methadone       ...
Pharmaceutical Cocktails“Vegas” Cocktail            Holy Trinity  - Hydrocodone                   - Oxycodone  - Alprazo...
Methods of DiversionPractitioners / Pharmacists- Illegal distribution- Self abuse- Trading drugs for sexEmployee pilferage...
Methods of Diversion Pharmacy / Other Theft -   Armed robbery -   Burglary (Night Break-ins) -   In Transit Loss (Hijackin...
Methods of DiversionThe Medicine cabinet / ObituariesThe InternetRogue Pain Clinics     DEA       TA C T I C A L   D I V E...
The Practice of Good Medicine     DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
The Practice of Bad MedicineNo exam or brief exam where doctor may not even touch the patientNo equipment in the office...
Results of Bad MedicineIncreased pills on the streetsMore addicts in the communityIncreased crimesOverdoses and deaths...
Drug Dealers?DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
Whoweare!   DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
Tactical Diversion MissionThe Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS) program  combines the resources of DEA with State and  local ...
Las Vegas Tactical Diversion Squad           Participants• Drug Enforcement Administration• Las Vegas Metropolitan Police ...
Pills are sold on the streets or used by the             addicts = Diversion     (Criminal act of illegal distribution)   ...
Federal Criminal Charges      Related To Prescription DrugsFederal Criminal Code and RulesControlled Substances Act (CSA)T...
State Criminal Charges           Related to Prescription DrugsNevada Revised Statutes:NRS 453.321: Sales of Controlled Sub...
Rules and Regulations       Governing RegistrantsCode of Federal Regulations (CFR)Title 21 - Food and Drugs, parts 1300 – ...
What welook for!        DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
Commonly  AbusedPrescription   Drugs          DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
OxycodonePowerful synthetic opiate legally used in long term pain treatmentMany forms of Oxycodone: from 5mg to 80mg tab...
OxycodoneSchedule II drug – high abuse potential and high physical dependenceSchedule II substances carry the highest pe...
Street Prices   $2- $4 – Diazepam (Valium) 5mg   $2- $4 – Alprozolam (Xanax) 2mg   $3- $5 – Hydrocodone (Vicodin) 10mg...
Types of Violators  DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
Tactical Diversion TargetsNot all targets are DEA Registrants  Doctors : medical and osteopathic  Nurse practitioners  ...
Cases Against Dirty Doctors and             Pharmacists Our investigations begin with information  on the doctor’s and ph...
Our Sources of InformationComplaintsCitizensCoroner/Medical Examiner’s OfficeLicensing boardsDocuments/DatabasesPrescr...
Additional Sources of InfoFormer/current patients and customersFormer/current employeesAnonymous tipsFamily members of...
Red FlagsPill transactions taken place in pharmacy parking lotLong lines at the office and the pharmacyGroups traveling...
Red FlagsCarloads of people drive across multiple states to get pills / out of state tags in lotDoctor offers to write p...
Red FlagsPatients report that doctor has them fill the prescription and bring some of the pills back to himDoctor writes...
SuccessesDEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
Las Vegas doctor charged with illegallydistributing prescription drugs:Las Vegas doctor who advocates medicalmarijuana the...
Las Vegas doctor among 3 indicted inoxycodone ‘pill mill’ case:Federal authorities have indicted a Las Vegasdoctor, his un...
Another Las Vegas doctor arrested inprescription drugs case:Another Las Vegas physician has been arrested in afederal crac...
Vegas doctor arrested for illegallydispensing drugs and burglary:A Las Vegas doctor has been arrested on numerouscharges i...
Las Vegas Doctor Accused of SellingDrugs:The I-Team has uncovered that a prominenthospital doctor was arrested for illegal...
What You Don’t See In The News Paper• Civil penalties up to a million dollars• Seizures of assets, to include real estate ...
ChallengesCriminal cases against doctorsare complicated, time-consumingand require much greaterresources than typical drug...
Challenges“Halo Effect”Political influenceSocial standingHighly regarded professionsPowerful professional organization...
ChallengesManpower-Budget restraints across Federal, State, &Local Law Enforcement limit requiredresources to address epi...
Our Tools for Success!Criminal InvestigationsCivil PenaltiesAdministrative SanctionsEducation  DEA    TA C T I C A L  ...
We don’t want Nevada to be the next          South Florida!        DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L ...
Our Goal: Put the criminals away!        DEA   TA C T I C A L   D I V E R S I O N   S Q U A D L A S   V
The Way AheadFoster collaborative investigative effortsDismantle the practices of dirty doctors, pharmacists and their c...
WWW.DEADIVERSION.USDOJ.GOVJeff Kallal                                   Jayne Tomko-GriffinSupervisory Special Agent      ...
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  1. 1. 2012 Nevada Drug SummitTactical Diversion Investigations and The Connection to Heroin Jeff Kallal SupervisorySupervisor Drug Enforcement Administration Las Vegas, Nevada DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  2. 2. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  3. 3. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  4. 4. ObjectivesTo understand how doctors and pharmacists contribute to the amount of prescription pills available in the illegal marketTo recognize that opioid use can lead to heroin addictionTo recognize the red flags involved in this activityTo understand why it’s important to stem the tide of illegal prescription pill distribution DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  5. 5. Prescription Drug Abuse: A National Crisis6.1 million Americans 12 or older were current users of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs without medical necessityPrescription painkillers kill more people than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combinedSeven of the top 10 drugs abused by high school seniors are sold in pharmacies DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  6. 6. Prescription Drug Abuse: A National CrisisEstimated cost of CPD diversion and abuse to public and private medical insurers is $72.5 billion a year33 percent of all US traffic fatalities involve drug users18 percent of motor vehicle driver deaths involve drugs DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  7. 7. Trends from Across the Nation DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  8. 8. Ohio’s Drug Epidemic DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  9. 9. South Florida’s Blight DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  10. 10. Georgia on the Mind of Drug Dealers“A worrisome new kind of drug dealer is gaining a toehold in Georgia after fleeing crackdowns in surrounding states, setting up in bedroom communities northwest of Atlanta along I-75 to serve customers near and far” Atlanta Journal-Constitution July 9, 2011 DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  11. 11. Crisis on Long Island16 Pharmacy robberies on Long Island from October 2008 to July 2011Armed robberies of pharmacies in NY state increased 1400% in four yearsOxycodone prescriptions filled in Nassau and Suffolk counties increased 46% from 2008 to 2010Admissions to LI certified treatment programs are up 26% in one year DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  12. 12. Opioid Deaths: “The Real Orange County”80 accidental opioid-related deaths for South[Orange] County and beach cities from 2007-2010for people 24 and younger“In a part of the world know for fun in the sun – andmoney – teens and young adults are gettingwrecked on opioid-class prescriptions, andespecially heroin, like never before” David Whiting, Columnist The Orange County Register DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  13. 13. Prescription Drug Threat in NevadaCPD abuse contributed to more drug-related deaths in Clark County than any other abused substanceThe most widely available and commonly abused CPDs are opioids and depressants DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  14. 14. Prescription Drug Threat in NevadaThe increasing distribution and abuse of CPD pose a significant threat to NevadaNevadans consume about twice the national average per capita of prescription narcotics DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  15. 15. Prescription Drug Threat in NevadaLas Vegas is a popular source destination for CPDs – Widely considered most prolific source destination in Western region California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington – Case intelligence also shows individuals travelling from all over the United States Alaska, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  16. 16. Drug-Related Deaths Clark County 2006 v. 2011 Drug 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 % ChangeCPDs 165 336 338 262 290 364 120%Cocaine 115 58 39 44 29 68 -40%Methamphetamine 80 56 34 55 56 107 33%Heroin 35 45 17 8 5 33 -5% DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  17. 17. Commonly Abused OpioidsOxycodone (Schedule II) – OxyContin is a brand name of a time release version of oxycodone – Users are susceptible to dependence and tolerance within one to two weeksMethadone (Schedule II) Morphine (Schedule II) Hydrocodone (Schedule III) DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  18. 18. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  19. 19. OxycodoneMany ways to abuse Oxycodone tablets: - Orally - Snorted - Injected - SmokedMany users go through a transition: - Other “pills” (Hydrocodone, Alprazolam, etc. are often mixed with Oxycodone to make different “pharmaceutical cocktails” based upon the abusers addiction. - Heroin (Prescription drug abusers transition to heroin because it is a cheaper and stronger ”high”) - Transition occurs because 1 oxycodone tablet costs $25 to $40 vs. 1 gram Heroin $40 DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  20. 20. OxyContin ® v. Heroin DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  21. 21. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  22. 22. Cheaper heroin gives rise to new set of usersAtlanta Journal-ConstitutionHeroin is mounting a comeback, appealing to a younger, more diverseaudience than ever before, experts say…They’re driven by cost, he said. Heroin is much cheaper than, say, anOxyContin tablet, which typically sells for $30.“A lot of young kids start on grandma’s Percocets and they get hooked.”said Lee, adding that prescription painkillers often serve as a gateway toheroin use. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  23. 23. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  24. 24. Delco task force tackles heroin plagueSeptember 09, 2012 By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff WriterAlarmed by a surge in heroin deaths, Delaware County officialsjoined together for the first time Friday to attack a problem they seedevastating families and communities. There were 33 heroin-related deaths in the county in the first six months of the year.In 2011, there were 62 deaths, and in 2010 there were 50, saidFrederic Hellman, the countys medical examiner and a member of atask force newly appointed to address the issue. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  25. 25. Southern California OxyContin Abusers Switching to HeroinBy StopOxyMonday,February 27th, 2012Drug treatment officials in San Diego County recently reported thatthe use of heroin by young adults has more than tripled since 2006.According to Susan Bower, director of San Diego County Alcohol andDrug Services, the increase in heroin use is “scary.” Admissions forheroin addiction now account for nearly one in five of all treatmentadmissions at facilities operated by the county. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  26. 26. Commonly Abused DepressantsCarisoprodol = Soma (Schedule IV)Clonazpam = Klonopin (Schedule IV) Diazepam = Valium (Schedule IV)Alprazolam = Xanax (Schedule IV) DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  27. 27. Commonly Diverted PillsOxycodone Xanax (alprazolam) Lortab (hydrocodone) Methadone Valium (Diazepam) DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  28. 28. Pharmaceutical Cocktails“Vegas” Cocktail Holy Trinity - Hydrocodone - Oxycodone - Alprazolam - Alprazolam - Carisoprodol - Carisoprodol These dangerous combinations are highly sought after by Rx abusers and those in the night club scene. The abusers ingest the pills simultaneously, commonly with alcohol to increase the pills effects. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  29. 29. Methods of DiversionPractitioners / Pharmacists- Illegal distribution- Self abuse- Trading drugs for sexEmployee pilferage- Hospitals- Practitioners’ offices- Nursing homes- Retail pharmacies- Manufacturing / distribution facilities DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  30. 30. Methods of Diversion Pharmacy / Other Theft - Armed robbery - Burglary (Night Break-ins) - In Transit Loss (Hijacking) - Smurfing Patients / Drug Seekers - Drug rings - Doctor-shopping - Forged / fraudulent / altered prescriptions DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  31. 31. Methods of DiversionThe Medicine cabinet / ObituariesThe InternetRogue Pain Clinics DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  32. 32. The Practice of Good Medicine DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  33. 33. The Practice of Bad MedicineNo exam or brief exam where doctor may not even touch the patientNo equipment in the officeThe doctor may be the only medical staff; other workers may be clerical staff onlyDoctors see excessive numbers of patients in a work day DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  34. 34. Results of Bad MedicineIncreased pills on the streetsMore addicts in the communityIncreased crimesOverdoses and deathsIncreased cost of legitimate medical care DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  35. 35. Drug Dealers?DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  36. 36. Whoweare! DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  37. 37. Tactical Diversion MissionThe Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS) program combines the resources of DEA with State and local law enforcement agencies in an innovative effort directed at doctor shoppers, prescription forgers, and prevalent retail-level violators. Physicians and pharmacies involved in retail diversion schemes are also targeted based on information developed by the TDS. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  38. 38. Las Vegas Tactical Diversion Squad Participants• Drug Enforcement Administration• Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department• Nevada Highway Patrol• North Las Vegas Police Department• Henderson Police Department• Federal Bureau of Investigation DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  39. 39. Pills are sold on the streets or used by the addicts = Diversion (Criminal act of illegal distribution) 21 USC 841 (a)(1) DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  40. 40. Federal Criminal Charges Related To Prescription DrugsFederal Criminal Code and RulesControlled Substances Act (CSA)Title 21 – Food and Drugs Chapter 13 – Drug AbusePrevention and ControlPart D – Offenses and Penalties § 841 through § 865 DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  41. 41. State Criminal Charges Related to Prescription DrugsNevada Revised Statutes:NRS 453.321: Sales of Controlled SubstancesNRS 453.339-5: Trafficking in Controlled Substances – Schedule IINRS 453.331: Unlawful Acts relating to Distribution of Controlled Substancesby Registrants i.e. signing blank Rx pads in advance.NRS 453.381: Limitations on prescribing, possessing, administering,transporting, and dispensing controlled substances ** only prescribe oradminister Controlled substances for legitimate medical purposes and in theusual course of professional practice.NRS 453.333: Penalties for making available controlled substances that causedeath. Imprisonment/ Fines/ Forfeitures. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  42. 42. Rules and Regulations Governing RegistrantsCode of Federal Regulations (CFR)Title 21 - Food and Drugs, parts 1300 – End DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  43. 43. What welook for! DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  44. 44. Commonly AbusedPrescription Drugs DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  45. 45. OxycodonePowerful synthetic opiate legally used in long term pain treatmentMany forms of Oxycodone: from 5mg to 80mg tablets, including immediate release to controlled release properties. Now comes in a liquid form as wellRoxies, Percocet, Big Boys, Oxies, Oxy 80s, “O” Rings DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  46. 46. OxycodoneSchedule II drug – high abuse potential and high physical dependenceSchedule II substances carry the highest penalty in sentencing guidelines DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  47. 47. Street Prices $2- $4 – Diazepam (Valium) 5mg $2- $4 – Alprozolam (Xanax) 2mg $3- $5 – Hydrocodone (Vicodin) 10mg $25 - $40 – Oxycodone (Oxycontin) 30mg $25 – Morphine Sulfate (MS Contin) 60mg $ 5 – Methadone 10mgEx. 100 OxyContin 30mg weighs approx. 28 grams and has the street value=$2,500 to $4,000 DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  48. 48. Types of Violators DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  49. 49. Tactical Diversion TargetsNot all targets are DEA Registrants Doctors : medical and osteopathic Nurse practitioners Physician Assistants Medical Assistants Dentists Pharmacies Pharmacists Pharmacy Technicians Patients Drug distributors Doctor shoppers DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  50. 50. Cases Against Dirty Doctors and Pharmacists Our investigations begin with information on the doctor’s and pharmacy’s practices Intelligence from various sourcesInformation from database checks DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  51. 51. Our Sources of InformationComplaintsCitizensCoroner/Medical Examiner’s OfficeLicensing boardsDocuments/DatabasesPrescription reportsOther informationOrdering habits DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  52. 52. Additional Sources of InfoFormer/current patients and customersFormer/current employeesAnonymous tipsFamily members of patients who have diedOther law enforcement agencies DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  53. 53. Red FlagsPill transactions taken place in pharmacy parking lotLong lines at the office and the pharmacyGroups traveling together to appointments and pharmacyVehicles ‘camping out’ in parking lotOffice open for “unusual” number of hours -- either really short hours or into the night DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  54. 54. Red FlagsCarloads of people drive across multiple states to get pills / out of state tags in lotDoctor offers to write prescriptions in pharmacy parking lot; pharmacist is asked to fill them without asking questionsDoctor and a pharmacist-in-charge agree to refer “patients” back-and-forth; patients sign agreement in doctor’s office to go to specific pharmacy (kickbacks paid to doctor) DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  55. 55. Red FlagsPatients report that doctor has them fill the prescription and bring some of the pills back to himDoctor writes prescriptions in exchange for work or other favorsPatients bring family and friends to doctor-they all get the same prescriptionsFee for visit ($100-$400) cash is paid directly to doctor when prescription is writtenSliding Pay Scales DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  56. 56. SuccessesDEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  57. 57. Las Vegas doctor charged with illegallydistributing prescription drugs:Las Vegas doctor who advocates medicalmarijuana therapy has been charged withillegally distributing prescription drugs. Federalagents arrested James Tinnell, 73, on Tuesday.He appeared Wednesday before U.S. MagistrateJudge Lawrence Leavitt and was released on hisown recognizance. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  58. 58. Las Vegas doctor among 3 indicted inoxycodone ‘pill mill’ case:Federal authorities have indicted a Las Vegasdoctor, his unlicensed medical assistant and analleged conspiring pharmacist in connectionwith illegally distributing painkillers. Dr. HenriWetselaar, 87, David Litwin, 52, and Jason C.Smith, 43, each have been charged with onecount of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  59. 59. Another Las Vegas doctor arrested inprescription drugs case:Another Las Vegas physician has been arrested in afederal crackdown on prescription drug abuse. Afederal indictment unsealed Wednesday chargedSebastian M. Paulin Jr. with six counts of distribution ofcontrolled substances, four counts of money launderingand one count of structuring transactions to evadereporting requirements. The government also isseeking forfeiture of $1.2 million. Paulin, 65, was takeninto custody on Wednesday and then released on hisown recognizance. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  60. 60. Vegas doctor arrested for illegallydispensing drugs and burglary:A Las Vegas doctor has been arrested on numerouscharges including burglary and illegally prescribing anddispensing drugs. 51-year-old Dr. James Eells wasarrested last Thursday on dozens of counts for eachcharge. It is alleged that Dr. Eells wrote at least 41prescriptions for his brother-in-law, Todd Hallenbec,from Jan. 2010 through June 2011. The prescriptionswere for oxycodone, methylin, methylphenidate,carisoprodol, and alprazolam. Upon arrest, Eells toldpolice he does not have a license to dispense drugs andthe prescriptions were intended for the treatment ofindigent patients. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  61. 61. Las Vegas Doctor Accused of SellingDrugs:The I-Team has uncovered that a prominenthospital doctor was arrested for illegally sellingthousands of powerful painkiller drugs. Thedoctor, who at one time was the Chief ofInternal Medicine at Centennial Hills Hospital,was snagged in an undercover drug sting.Federal drug enforcement agents say Dr.VinayBararia sold nearly $50,000 worth ofoxycodone painkillers. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  62. 62. What You Don’t See In The News Paper• Civil penalties up to a million dollars• Seizures of assets, to include real estate and financial accounts in excess of four million dollars• Revocation of DEA Registration and applicable State Licensing• Legal Fees• Embarrassment and distrust amongst your associates• Loss of livelihood DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  63. 63. ChallengesCriminal cases against doctorsare complicated, time-consumingand require much greaterresources than typical druginvestigations. Prescription drugsare, after all, legal. DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  64. 64. Challenges“Halo Effect”Political influenceSocial standingHighly regarded professionsPowerful professional organizationsHalo Effect” results in lenient prosecution DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  65. 65. ChallengesManpower-Budget restraints across Federal, State, &Local Law Enforcement limit requiredresources to address epidemicComplex Investigation-Learning curve for investigatorsExpensive-Medical expert fees $300 plus an hour-Expense of multiple Undercover visits DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  66. 66. Our Tools for Success!Criminal InvestigationsCivil PenaltiesAdministrative SanctionsEducation DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  67. 67. We don’t want Nevada to be the next South Florida! DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  68. 68. Our Goal: Put the criminals away! DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  69. 69. The Way AheadFoster collaborative investigative effortsDismantle the practices of dirty doctors, pharmacists and their criminal networks in Nevada DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V
  70. 70. WWW.DEADIVERSION.USDOJ.GOVJeff Kallal Jayne Tomko-GriffinSupervisory Special Agent Diversion Group Supervisor(702) 759-8068 (702) 759-8111Jeffrey.G.Kallal@USDOJ.GOV Jayne.M.Tomko@USDOJ.GOV Jennifer Zavestoski Registration Program Specialist (702) 759-8202 Jennifer.N.Zavestoski2@USDOJ.GOV DEA TA C T I C A L D I V E R S I O N S Q U A D L A S V

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