Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Two doctors were arrested and charged today in connection to the "pill mill" investigation which centered on the Total Medical Express of Orange Park. You may recall that in March 2011 a search warrant was served at this location by task force members and that several customers and one office manager were arrested then on various charges.
The arrest today of Dr. Adla Adi and Dr. Terry Howard reflects law enforcement's commitment to curbing prescription fraud and the operation of nonregistered pain clinics in our community.
"Prescription fraud is quickly becoming the scourge of many communities and our goal is to stop its impact on Clay County by holding accountable the doctors who are the very source of the problem," said Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler. "Not only did we arrest the customers of the “pill mill”, but now also the doctors themselves. Arrests made at the physician level are a rare and important step for local law enforcement", Beseler said.
Attached are the booking and arrest affidavit documents that provide more detail into the doctors' charges and activities. Their post-Miranda statements are redacted as required by FSS Ch. 119.
Dr. Adi turned himself in to the Clay County Sheriff's Office and has bonded out. His booking photo is attached. Dr. Howard was picked up by United States Marshals in Orlando on the Clay County warrant and is now held in a correctional facility in Seminole County. This link connects to the website that confirms his incarceration and provides his booking photo there. http://webbond.seminolesheriff.org/InmateInfo.aspx?bkgnbr=201100006146