Thursday, January 31, 2013
A federal judge set bonds for each of four defendants, including a doctor from Duluth.
All four defendants charged in connection with a suspected illegal pain clinic in Lilburn have bonded out of jail, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. On Wednesday, each of the suspects had a detention hearing at United States District Court in Atlanta. Chief Magistrate Janet F. King set bonds for each. All defendants pleaded not guilty. The suspects are charged with federal drug and distribution charges in relation to Premier Medical Management, Inc., located at 3993 Lawrenceville Highway. See also:
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Four people suspected in running an illegal pain clinic will face a judge Wednesday.
Update: Jan. 31, 3:20 p.m.: Lilburn 'Pill Mill' Suspects Post Bail ------------ Four defendants charged in connection with a suspected illegal pain clinic in Lilburn will stand before a judge on Wednesday. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, detention hearings for all four defendants are scheduled for Jan. 30 at 10:30 a.m. before Chief Magistrate Janet F. King, of the United States District Court in Atlanta. The defendants are: All four are charged with federal drug and distribution charges in relation to Premier Medical Management, Inc., located at 3993 Lawrenceville Highway. See also:
Monday, January 28, 2013
The four defendants each face a maximum statutory penalty of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,000,000.
See updates to this story: Jan. 31, 3:20 p.m.: Lilburn 'Pill Mill' Suspects Post Bail Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m.: Initial Hearing Set for 'Pill Mill' Defendants -------- The U.S. Attorney's Office released Monday details regarding the arrests of four individuals suspected of running an illegal pain clinic in Lilburn. Those indicted and arrested on federal drug and distribution charges were: According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the four suspects were indicted on Jan. 22 for "illegally selling and distributing prescriptions for opiate-based narcotics and other controlled substances to addicts and drug dealers under the guise of a pain clinic." Additionally, they were charged with unlawfully distributing drugs near a school. Berkmar High School …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley talks to Patch about the investigation of a suspected pill mill and its operators.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Lilburn Police Chief Bruce Hedley talks to Patch about investigating Premier Medical Management, Inc., a suspected pill mill in the city limits.
See updates to this story: Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m.: Charges Announced for Four Arrested in Lilburn 'Pill Mill' Operation ------------ It was the curiosity of concerned residents that first led Lilburn Police to begin investigating Premier Medical Management, Inc., a suspected pill mill on Lawrenceville Highway. About a year ago, Police Chief Bruce Hedley said citizen complaints started pouring in, pharmacists started complaining and suspicious vehicles with out-of-state tags kept showing up at the facility. Located at 3993 Lawrenceville Highway, the clinic's proximity to Berkmar High School was particularly disturbing to the police chief. Some 3,000 students attend the school. "It was a big concern to me when I learned that it was in such a …
Police arrest Dr. George Williams, a physician at Premier Medical on Lawrenceville Highway, in connection with a suspected pill mill.
See updates to this story: Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m.: Charges Announced for Four Arrested in Lilburn 'Pill Mill' Operation Jan. 25, 6 p.m.: Police Chief: No. 1 Priority 'To Dismantle That Illegal Enterprise' ------------- Law enforcement officials raided Thursday a Lilburn pain management clinic suspected of dispensing prescription medicine illegally, according to a Fox 5 Atlanta report. In addition, the report showed that Dr. George Williams was arrested and is suspected of running the clinic as an illegal operation under the name of Premier Medical, located at 3993 Lawrenceville Highway. The location abuts Berkmar High School. Federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, members of the Gwinnett Metro Narcotics Task Force and the …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Lilburn City Council wants to keep pill mills out of the city, and a new ordinance voted on Monday evening is its step toward doing that.
Pain management clinics will have a tougher time popping up in Lilburn, due to new rules city council approved on Monday. The new ordinance, several pages in length, identifies what pain management clinics are, how they should apply for a permit in Lilburn, how they should operate and what the penalties are for those who do not follow the rules. It was approved unanimously, 3-0. (Read the Aug. 13 council meeting roundup by clicking here.) It's not the legitimate doctors the city is going after, but rather prescription peddlers, who bypass insurance verifications and get patients from many miles away. "These pain clinics that we're talking about have one modality, and that's put the cash on the table and you get 180 hydrocodone or the drug …