The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration raided clinics in Carmel, Noblesville, Muncie and Kokomo this morning as part of a larger effort to crack down on prescription drug abuse.
Officials say four doctors in those counties have been arrested on charges of illegally prescribing a drug used to treat painkiller addiction called Suboxone.
Carmel Police Major Aaron Dietz says when conducting undercover investigations, they found patients could walk in and pay for a prescription without seeing a doctor.
George Agapios, Ronald Vierk, Luella Bangura and Larry Ley face charges of dealing controlled substances and corrupt business influences.
“We make no distinction between Dr. Ley and any other drug dealer,” Dietz says.
The investigation started last August and included 27 undercover visits. On one day, investigators observed deals worth over $14,000. Dietz says this type of dealing exacerbates the problem of drug abuse in the region.
“People get addicted to the opiate drug prescription medication and then go to a cheaper, readily available drug,” Dietz says.
Dietz says others could be arrested as part of the investigation and the department will try to help those who were buying get into a rehabilitation program.