The doctor accused of dispensing pain pills illegally is scheduled to turn himself in to authorities over the weekend, according to his attorney, Ricky W. Morris, Jr.
Dr. Mike Yap Tan is accused of writing pain pill prescriptions at the Stockbridge Pain and Wellness Center, located at 130 Eagle Spring Court. The center was recently raided by the Flint Circuit Drug Task Force, according to Chad Rosborough, head of the task force.
“He will be turning himself in, either this afternoon, or tomorrow, based upon his arrival in Atlanta,” said Morris. “At this particular time, we have tried to pre-arrange a bond to be scheduled, so that he is only minimally detained at the Henry County Jail. He maintains his innocence, and has no further comment until a later time.”
Cameron McClure, 27, son of Cheryl Plymal, of Cummings, Ga., died of an overdose on April, 30. McClure, of Jonesboro, was a patient at the Stockbridge Pain and Wellness Center, and allegedly had a prescription written by Tan, according to his mother.
“I had no knowledge that he was getting these drugs from the clinic, until his death,” the mother said. “He was at the hospital, [Henry Medical Center], when I got the call. Once I got to the hospital, he was already brain dead, and that’s what his death certificate showed.”
It was McClure’s overdose that prompted a three-month investigation of the pain clinic, according to Maj. Rosborough. According to Plymal, her son overdosed on xanax and oxycodone, the same kind of drugs allegedly prescribed by Dr. Tan.
Three people were arrested Wednesday during a raid at the Stockbridge clinic. They appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Thursday. Rana Mabros, Michael Whitehead, and Catherine Chettiar appeared before Judge Robert L. Godwin, after they were charged with conspiracy to violate Georgia’s controlled substances act.
Chettiar and Whitehead were also charged with prescribing controlled substances for illegitimate purposes. Mabros was also charged with unauthorized distribution of controlled substances and the use of a fictitious registration number.
Judge Godwin set a $21,000 bond for Whitehead, a $20,000 bond for Mabros and a $2,500 bond for Chettiar.
The Flint Circuit Drug Task Force was joined by agents from the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) during the raid on the clinic authorities described as a “pill mill” operating in Henry County, according to Maj. Rosborough.
The raid was a result of an investigation into allegations of the clinic dispensing pain pills illegally, said Rosborough. Undercover agents posed as patients needing pain pills, and were able to get the pills without prescriptions, said Rosborough. Between 800 and 1,000 pills were recovered, said the major. He said the prescriptions were “mainly” for oxycodone and xanax. The amount of pills would vary per prescription. Patients would also receive a varied mount of prescriptions, he added.
The major said those at the clinic were charging $350 for the first visit, and $250 for every visit after that. Dr. Tan was not at the clinic during the raid. The drug task force also executed a search warrant at Dr. Tan’s residence in Jonesboro. It was intended to gather records of patients at the clinic, and his home, said Rosborough.
Dr. Tan was reportedly out of state at the time of the execution of the search warrant.