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DEA serves search warrants at several Indiana clinics

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INDIANAPOLIS - Federal agents and local police arrested four Indiana doctors for allegedly handing out prescription drugs for cash. Investigators accuse them of peddling powerful prescription drugs.

The bust includes four doctors, several clinic employees and an attorney, with agents targeting clinics and homes in Hamilton, Howard, Wayne and Delaware Counties. The 11 people facing charges are accused of taking part in an illegal drug operation that was allegedly based in an office at 23 E. Main St. in Carmel.

"It's crazy. I can't say that I'm shocked because of all the activity in and out of there," said Kimberly Earlewine, shop owner.

Earlewine and others in the Carmel Arts District were all talking the early morning raid. Investigators accuse Dr. Larry J. Ley, 68, of Noblesville, of running a lucrative prescription drug ring out of a second floor suite on Main Street, right above the sailor's statue.

Earlewine owns the shop below Ley's Drug and Opiate Recovery Network (DORN).

"I try not to stereotype, but the people in and out of there didn't look like they were recovering, I guess," said Earlewine.

Authorities say Ley and nine others were selling prescriptions for Suboxone in Carmel and at four other sites. Suboxone is a prescription medicine used for maintenance treatment of opioid dependence, used in conjunction with counseling. The Suboxone treatment program's goal is to wean addicts off opiates.

Maj. Aaron Dietz with the Hamilton Boone County Drug Task Force says the investigation was prompted by complaints from residents. He said patients received no medical exam, no physical or mental evaluation and were not asked to write any medical history.

"In this case we have a few doctors such as Larry Ley that have done nothing except to [exacerbate] the problem by using a medical license to dispense Suboxone prescriptions for the sole means to make money. We make no distinction between Dr. Ley and any other drug dealer," said Maj. Dietz.

Dietz says the nine-month investigation included 27 undercover visits to the Carmel office and the others, with one lasting just 39 seconds. There were no exams or medical history required for patients to get subscriptions to a very powerful drug.

"Simply if a patient walked in the door of the main office located at 23 E. Main St. in Carmel and stated they were there for addiction, they walked out with a prescription for Suboxone after paying a $300 cash-only fee," said Dietz.

Dietz says after customers ran out, they could return to another clinic and pay $120 to $160 for another prescription. Authorities say people came to Ley's office from all over the state.

Shelley Norris, who lives close to the office, knew something was up.

"There was just a lot of act for this parking lot. Nothing surprises me anymore, especially around here," said Norris.

Who was arrested:

Authorities say they served several search warrants on residences and clinics in Hamilton, Howard, Wayne and Delaware Counties, including the Drug and Opiate Recovery Network (DORN) and Living Life Clean (LLC).

Dr. Larry J. Ley, 68, of Noblesville, faces nine counts of dealing in a Schedule III controlled substance (Class B felony), one count for conspiracy to commit dealing in a Schedule III controlled substance and one count of corrupt business influence.


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Dr. George Agapios, 47, of Fishers, faces three counts of the same charge, as well as a conspiracy to deal and corrupt business influence.


Dr. George Agapios

Dr. Ronald Vierk, 58, of Richmond, faces one count of conspiracy to commit dealing and one count of corrupt business influence. Dr. Luella Bangura, 52, of Lafayette, faces three counts of dealing, one count of conspiracy and one count of corrupt business influence.Also charged is Eric Ley, 38, of Noblesville, and Felicia Reid, 26, of Carmel.

Derek Tislow, 41, of Avon, faces one county of conspiracy to commit dealing in a Schedule III controlled substance, four counts for dealing and one count of corrupt business influence.

Others facing charges include: Andrew Dollard, 40, of Carmel; Cassy Linn Bratcher, 37, of Carmel, Yvonne Morgan, 61, of Eaton, OH and Jessica Callahan, 37, of Muncie.
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