Dr. William Crumbley has been sanctioned by state health officials in the past for over-prescribing pain meds and his medical license is currently suspended.
LUTZ, Florida -- Pasco Sheriff's detectives swarmed a Lutz clinic today, giving it a shot of law enforcement medicine and closing its doors.
"There's no difference from what these doctors were doing in here than a drug dealer on the street," said Sheriff Chris Nocco standing outside the clinic.
Nocco says the Harbor Medical Group on Land O' Lakes Boulevard was no ordinary doctor's office, but an unlicensed and illegal pain management clinic.
The year-long investigation revealed that people came to the clinic from across the state to have prescriptions written for what a detective called "the pain management cocktail," including the strong and potentially addictive drugs Oxycodone, Xanax, Methadone, and Soma.
"I don't call any of these people doctors," said Nocco, "because they don't deserve that title - they're criminals."
David Scafidi, a former clinic patient, says he has legitimate pain problems from polio, but he says this clinic just pushed the pills.
"I never had any pain, but I was numb. I was literally out of my mind by taking the mix of drugs they were giving me," said Scafidi, who was glad to see the place raided by law enforcement.
People who work nearby say they knew the place was a pill mill and they too were overjoyed to see it shut down. Some employees of a hair salon in the same strip center did a little dance in the parking lot.
Barbie Ann Fournier lives nearby and she applauded the sheriff's efforts against the pill mills. "Yup, close them down, get rid of them. Don't need it in this neighborhood," she said.
So far, three men associated with the clinic have been arrested: Reynaldo York, Dr. Daniel Mcintire, and Dr. William Crumbley. Crumbley has been sanctioned by state health officials in the past for over-prescribing pain meds and his medical license is currently suspended.
Longtime narcotics detectives say a case like that is frustrating. "I can tell you in the ten years I've been doing pills, Dr. Crumbley's been a thorn in the side of Tampa Bay," said Sgt. Bill Davis.
Lt. Chuck Balderstone also chimed in, "We're going after him criminally. Hopefully, that's going to put him in jail. Hopefully, this will be an end to it. Hopefully, it will keep him from practicing medicine ever again."
Crumbley did not say anything as he was led out of the clinic in handcuffs.