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Authorities raid Panorama City medical clinic, arrest 70 in Oxycontin prescription ‘pill mill’ bust

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A pile of Oxycodone pills

A raid on a medical clinic in Panorama City yesterday resulted in 70 arrests, including of physicians, for allegedly operating an illegal Oxycontin prescription ring or “pill mill.”

Wednesday morning’s raid on the Roscoe Van Nuys Medical Clinic included the arrest of Dr. Manuel Sison, the clinic’s medical director, who is also a physician at the L.A. County Jail, CBS reports.

During the raid, authorities from county, state and federal agencies found 42 patients in the clinic -- more than the clinic plausibly could have been taking on for legitimate medical concerns, agents told CBS.

According to wire service reports, the clinic at 8121 Van Nuys Blvd. was raided by the Health Authority Law Enforcement Taskforce, or HALT, consisting of authorities from the FBI, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, the state Department of Justice, the DEA, the IRS and the county Department of Health and Human Services. A description of the task force by the Sheriff’s Department says that it “investigates Medi-Cal fraud, counterfeit and illegal distribution of pharmaceuticals and the illegal practice of medicine and dentistry.”


Woman arrested in assisted suicide of WWII veteran via oxycontin-laced yogurt


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A woman is charged in the assisted suicide of WWII veteran Jack Koency, after allegedly serving the 86-year-old man a lethal dose of oxycontin crushed and mixed into yogurt.

Elizabeth Barrett, arrested Wednesday and currently held on $25,000 bail, faces a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted, says the Orange County D.A.'s office.

She has no history of criminal activity, according to the homicide prosecutor, who told the OC Register the woman has never even had a traffic ticket.

Koency, who was living in Laguna Niguel at the time of his death, was not terminally ill, bedridden, or immobile, say officials. The two had been acquaintances for several years, but had not been in recent contact. They reportedly reconnected about a week before he died.

The veteran, who reportedly sent a letter to the California DMV shortly before his death to say thanks for giving him "the privilege of driving," had been "depressed, lonely and paranoid," says the OC Register.