Investigation Shuts Down Two Pill Mills Lands Owners and Doctors in Jail

03/18/15



FIRST LOCATION: American Wellcare, 1612 W. Waters Avenue

SUSPECT: Victor De Loach, B/M, DOB: 8/13/1956, 6011 Kestrel Point Avenue Lithia, FL 33547
CHARGES: Unlicensed Pain Clinic Operation (City Ordinance) (Physician)

SUSPECT: Alba Santiago, H/F, DOB: 8/4/1960, 10101 N. Florida Avenue #2 Tampa, FL 33612
CHARGES: Unlicensed Pain Clinic Operation (City Ordinance) (Owner)

SUSPECT: Richard Connell, W/M, DOB: 11/24/1973, 1400 SE 76th Avenue Belleview, FL 34420 (Patient)
CHARGES: Possession of a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone & Xanax) Violation of Probation (drug related)

SEIZED: Approximately $2,000.00 US Currency / 1995 Chevrolet Suburban

DETAILS: Narcotic Detectives with TPD's Diversion Group and investigators with the Florida Department of Health conducted an inspection of American Wellcare Pain Management Clinic and discovered it was operating without the required permit. Both the owner and physician were arrested along with a patient. Two employees were arrested, along with one patient. The clinic was closed until it comes into compliance. The investigation is on going and additional charges are pending. The owner may also face fines from the Florida Department of Health.


SECOND LOCATION: Wellswood Medical Group, 1523 W. Hillsborough Avenue

SUSPECT: Bartley Allen Storey, W/M, DOB: 11/07/63, 14905 Arbor Spring Circle, Apt. # 314 Tampa, Florida (Physician)
CHARGES: Unlicensed Pain Clinic Operation (City Ordinance)

SUSPECT: Victor Zamora, H/M, DOB: 8/4/1960, 1704 W. North Street, Tampa, FL(Owner)
CHARGES: Unlicensed Pain Clinic Operation (City Ordinance)

DETAILS: TPD Narcotic Detectives and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office conducted an inspection of Wellswood Medical Group Inc. and discovered it was operating without the proper permitting. Two employees were arrested. Additional charges are pending. The clinic was closed until it comes into compliance with City of Tampa and State of Florida Licensing.

Laura McElroy
TPD PIO
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