FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - April 3, 2008
ROSEBORO DOCTOR CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL DRUG DISTRIBUTION
AND RACKETEERING ACTIVITY
RALEIGH - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that yesterday a federal Grand Jury returned a three-count Criminal Indictment on PERRY REESE, III, 49, of Roseboro, North Carolina, charging two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) and one count of racketeering activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1962(c).
The Indictment alleges that REESE, a licensed medical physician operating a medical practice at Roseboro Urgent Care, P.A., distributed controlled drugs, some of which included Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Diazepam, and Alprazolam.
The Indictment further alleges that from approximately April, 2002, to approximately, April, 2003, REESE, through the operation of his medical office, used two methods to dispense the drugs. First, many of the drug users would come into the doctor’s office and ask someone at the front desk for a prescription of a controlled substance. The person at the front desk would then ask the drug user how many pills they wanted and would provide the price for a prescription of that number of pills. The drug user would then pay the requested price to the person at the front desk. That person would take the money to REESE. REESE would then write a prescription for the drug user.
As alleged in the Indictment, the second method of dispensing was similar. In that case, a drug user would specifically ask to see REESE. The user would then go to the back, provide REESE with money, and REESE would then write a prescription.
From approximately the end of December, 2002, to the beginning of February, 2003, REESE’s medical office was closed and had no physical location. Nonetheless, REESE continued to dispense and distribute quantities of controlled substances during this time period. Drug users would call the defendant and make arrangements to meet him to purchase prescriptions.
“Abuse of prescription drugs has rapidly increased in our nation. Prescription drugs do have their benefits when used properly. However, we rely on medical professionals to act as a buffer between those drugs and potential abuse. I am particularly concerned when a physician steps away from that role and abuses the privilege to authorize the dispensing of prescription drugs. Used unwisely, prescription drugs have the same ill-effects on the human body as well as the community that exist with street drugs. Our laws regarding the use of illegal drugs were put into place to protect the citizens and combat the rise in crime that accompanies drug addictions. Therefore, we must continue to be vigilant in our prosecutions of illegal drug use, whether these drugs are acquired by prescription or by street pushers,” stated Mr. Holding.
If convicted the maximum penalty REESE faces for the charge of distribution of a controlled substance is not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine of not more than $1,000,000 and at least five years supervised release following his term of confinement. For the racketeering charge, the maximum penalty is not more than 20 years imprisonment, a fine of not more than $250,000, and not more than three years supervised release following the term of imprisonment.
An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
Investigation of the case was conducted by the State Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney David Bragdon served as prosecutor for the government.
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