FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2007
Palmer Physician Sentenced To Three Years Probation
For Unlawful Possession Of Controlled Substances
Anchorage, Alaska – United States Attorney Nelson P. Cohen announced today, February 9, 2007,that Dr. Dennis L. Mickleson, M.D., a resident of Palmer, Alaska, subsequent to his guilty plea on December 1, 2006, was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage to three years probation for unlawful possession of controlled substances, a misdemeanor. As conditions of his probation, he must undergo drug rehabilitation, treatment and testing, and pay the maximum fine allowable of $5,000.
United States Magistrate Judge John D. Roberts imposed the sentence on Mickleson, age 57.
According to evidence presented in court by Assistant United States Attorney James N. Barkeley,
the investigation revealed that in April 2005, Mickleson was stopped by an Alaska State Trooper in Palmer, Alaska and arrested for driving impaired. Dr. Mickleson voluntarily surrendered his Alaska Physician License and his Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Certificate of Registration, the document which authorized him to order controlled substances from pharmaceutical suppliers. However, on April 18, 2005, without having the required DEA registration number, Mickleson unlawfully ordered controlled substances, including 1,000 tablets of Diazepam from Henry Schein, a pharmaceutical supply company. The shipment was investigated and subsequently intercepted by a DEA diversion investigator, assisted by the Palmer Police Department. In the plea agreement, Mickelson admitted to unlawfully ordering and possessing the Diazepam. The investigation indicated that Mickleson ordered the Diazepam for his personal use, and not for distribution to anyone else. John Murtagh, Mickleson’s attorney, told the court that DEA’s investigation, and subsequent prosecution by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, may have saved Mickleson’s life. Both Mickleson’s medical license and DEA registration remain suspended.
Mr. Cohen commended the Diversion Investigation Unit of the Alaska Office of the United States
Drug Enforcement Administration, the Alaska State Troopers, and the Palmer Police Department for their roles in the investigation leading to the prosecution of Mickleson.