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DEA investigating Chargers' controlled substance records

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    DEA investigating Chargers' controlled substance records

    Posted by Evan Silva on June 29, 2010 8:02 PM ET

    According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating the San Diego Chargers and Padres' internal regulation of controlled substances. The DEA intends to "verify the correctness" of the organizations' records and inventories.

    The news comes on the heels of Chargers safety Kevin Ellison's May arrest for allegedly possessing 100 pills of Vicodin. A source told 10 News in San Diego that Ellison "had a go-to doctor" or doctors to get drugs on request. The search, which took place on Tuesday, is believed to be aimed strictly at prescription drugs.

    "Currently, there are no administrative charges, criminal charges or indictments pending for any of the physicians or pharmacies where the warrants were served," the DEA acknowledged. 10 warrants have been issued in San Diego county.

    The Drug Enforcement Agency's Controlled Substance Act requires physicians and pharmacies to keep compete records of all controlled substances that pass through their facilities, and the facilities for which they work.

    The Chargers, so far, are not commenting.
     
  2. Retired Catholic

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    They have to get some pub somewhere, since they've been blowin' big time all over the rest of the planet.
     
  3. Trumpet_Man

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    It reminds me of the drug scandal in the early 70's. The team doctors were handing out speed like candy to everyone.
     
  4. Johnny Lightning

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    DEA reviewing Chargers, Padres doctors

    By Brent Schrotenboer , UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    Doctors affiliated with the Chargers and Padres are under review by the Drug Enforcement Administration in an attempt to “verify the correctness” of how they regulate prescription drugs.
    “The physicians under review are affiliated with the San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres organizations,” the DEA said in a statement. The DEA said no charges currently are pending.
    On Tuesday, the DEA served 10 administrative inspection warrants issued within San Diego County as part of the ongoing investigation. The move came about five weeks after Chargers safety Kevin Ellison was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance after being stopped for speeding in Redondo Beach . Police said he had 100 Vicodin painkiller pills in his car.
    An attorney for Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao, Jim Godes, said, “I can say for certain we’re confident they’re going to rule out any problems involving Dr. Chao or the Chargers.”
    Godes said he didn’t know what triggered the investigation and said Chao was not the focus of it.
    “If they’ve got suspicions, they’re the regulators,” Godes said. “They’ve got to take a look at it and rule out any problems. … They seem to be spreading the love around among the professional sports franchises in town and the physicians.”
    The Chargers said no official was immediately available to comment on the case. The Padres said they are “fully cooperating with the DEA and have been advised that none of our players is the subject of this investigation.”
    The DEA declined to comment further on the case. An administrative inspection warrant requires a judge’s approval after showing probable cause with a “valid public interest” in the effective enforcement of the Controlled Substance Act.
    Ellison’s agent said last month that Ellison “thought it was a good idea to get enough pain killers to last the season. They were for him to use because of his knee surgery.”
    Ellison was released by the Chargers this month and signed by the Seattle Seahawks.
     
  5. Johnny Lightning

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    DEA Conducts Search Of Chargers, Padres Team Facilities

    Search Warrants Served As Part Of Prescription Drug-Related Probe

    6-29-2010

    SAN DIEGO -- Drug Enforcement Administration agents conducted a search at the San Diego Chargers' team facility and at the offices of the San Diego Padres Tuesday as part of a countywide prescription drug-related investigation, a source told 10News.The source informed 10News the DEA's San Diego Field Division entered the team's Murphy Canyon-area headquarters shortly after 11 a.m. Ten administrative inspection warrants were served within San Diego County, according to the DEA.The warrants allowed agents to investigate the Padres' offices at Petco Park, the source told 10News.
    A DEA representative said: "The administrative inspection warrants were executed in an attempt to verify the correctness of controlled substance inventories, records, reports and other documents required to be kept under the Controlled Substances Act and for the purpose of protecting the public health and safety."The representative continued: "As a registered individual (“registrant”) with the Drug Enforcement Administration, these physician and pharmacies are required to keep complete and accurate records of all controlled substances received, prescribed, dispensed, purchased, delivered or otherwise disposed of, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 827 and 21 C.F.R. Parts 1304 et seq."The DEA representative added: "The physicians under review are affiliated with the San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres organizations."The source told 10News the probe is primarily focused on prescription drugs, the records of what was dispensed and to whom.According to the source, the investigation stems from the arrest last month of former Chargers safety Kevin Ellison. Ellison was pulled over for allegedly speeding in his hometown of Redondo Beach, and during a search he gave consent to, police said they found nearly 100 Vicodin pills in his car. Ellison did not have a valid prescription, police said.Ellison was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and released on $10,000 bail. He is due in Torrance Superior Court July 7 for arraignment.Contacted by phone, Ellison told 10News Tuesday that he was sorry, but he could not comment because he's in the middle of the legal process.The source told 10News Ellison and others had a "go-to" doctor or doctors to get drugs on request.Ellison, who played college football at USC, started nine games as a rookie for the Chargers during the 2009 season, making 52 tackles. He was released by the team several weeks ago, but has since signed with the Seattle Seahawks.The DEA said the investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed, no arrests have been made and no indictments are pending. The 10 warrants are sealed, so no names are known.Investigators did not disclose if anything of note was seized or discovered.Late Tuesday evening, Warren Miller, director of communications for the Padres, said team officials were "fully cooperating with the DEA and have been advised that none of our players is the subject of this investigation.""Since this investigation is ongoing, the Padres will have no further comment at this time," Miller said.

    http://www.10news.com/news/24084332/detail.html
     
  6. LV Bolt Fan

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    Good thing the DEA didn't investigate the whole world, back then! We'd have been screwed! :icon_rofl:
     
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    I'm wondering why its only the Chargers and the Padres and not other teams - or have we just not heard of this happening to other teams yet?
     
  8. Pointyearedog

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    Maybe Ellison ratted out the Chargers or hinted at it just to get back at the organization... Anything is possible.

    Pointy :icon_twisted:
     
  9. Johnny Lightning

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    Chargers, Padres doctors' drug-raid documents under seal

    By Brent Schrotenboer , UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
    Wednesday, June 30, 2010



    The reason behind the raid remains a mystery.



    Why are Chargers and Padres doctors under investigation for how they regulate prescription drugs?
    Why did drug enforcement authorities search their offices Tuesday?
    Potential answers are under court seal, leaving most to guess. Meanwhile, the agent for former Chargers safety Kevin Ellison said his client is not connected with the investigation “at all” even though Ellison was arrested five weeks ago and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance — 100 pills of the painkiller Vicodin.
    On Tuesday, the Drug Enforcement Administration served administrative inspection warrants on the teams. It was “in an attempt to verify the correctness of controlled substance inventories, records, reports and other documents required to be kept under the Controlled Substances Act and for the purpose of protecting the public health and safety,” the DEA said in a statement Tuesday.
    Ellison was released by the Chargers on June 21 and has signed with the Seattle Sea- hawks.
    “This DEA thing has nothing whatsoever to do with Kevin Ellison,” said Ellison’s agent, Jerome Stanley. “Nothing whatsoever. At all. Period.”
    The Chargers said in a statement that “the Vicodin in Kevin’s possession was not provided by the Chargers, its physicians or anyone affiliated with the team.”
    The Chargers and Padres have said they have cooperated with the investigation and declined to comment further. The Padres said none of their players is the subject of the DEA investigation.
    NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “This is an active law enforcement investigation. We will fully cooperate and continue to follow developments. We refer you to the DEA for any further comment.”
    The DEA has declined to comment further because the investigation is ongoing.
    On Tuesday, Jim Godes, an attorney for Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao, said the investigation “didn’t seem” to be focused on Chao and instead appeared to be a broader review.
    To obtain an administrative inspection warrant from a judge, the DEA has a lower threshold of justification to establish than for a search warrant. For a search warrant, law enforcement must convince a judge that a crime has been or will be committed. For an administrative inspection warrant, law enforcement needs to convince a judge that there’s a probable cause with a “valid public interest.”
    The threshold to obtain an administrative inspection warrant from a judge is “very, very low,” said Chicago attorney Glen Crick, who represents health care practitioners in investigations and prosecutions.
    “At the same time, it takes time for the DEA to write them up and find a (judge),” said Crick, who is not involved in the San Diego case. “What that says to me is that it’s some sort of a project. Federal employees don’t spend time that they don’t have to.”
    Generally speaking, Crick said, a search under an administrative inspection warrant involves checking records of all controlled substances going in and out of an office and whether they’re secured. Crick said the record-keeping is necessary to make sure prescription drugs are “not easily diverted to an illegal use.”
    The last time a Chargers doctor was under scrutiny with regard to prescription drug regulations was in 2002, when Chao was issued a $1,000 citation by the state medical board for failure to maintain adequate and accurate medical records. The charge stemmed from allegations that Chao had unlawfully written narcotics prescriptions for former Chargers physician Dr. Gary Losse, whose alleged addiction to such narcotics led to him being dropped by the Chargers in 1998, according to court records. Godes said that matter is a “dead issue” and not likely of current interest to the DEA.
     
  10. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Can you say "Deja Vu" It seems like we've all been here before.
     

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