Spinoff Arrest From Dr. DeHart:
Harrisville Man Allegedly Sold Prescription Drugs

5/24/05 - A Harrisville man is accused of selling prescription narcotics that were allegedly over-prescribed by Gouverneur physician Dr. Gail DeHart.

Dr. DeHart and her assistant were arrested last week for illegal sale of prescription drugs. Authorities say the doctor prescribed tens of thousands of doses of drugs that made their way to recreational use. Medicaid was allegedly billed for the prescriptions.

Now Gouverneur Police have arrested Larry L. Ames, 44, of Harrisville. They say their investigation revealed that the drugs he was selling were prescribed substances far in excess of his needs made by Dr. DeHart and one other unidentified local physician. Police say they found a large amount of OxyContin, Percocet and Endodan in his possession.

Ames allegedly distributed the OxyContin to an area resident, leading to a charge of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree. Ames was arraigned and sent to St. Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

At the time of the DeHart arrest, State Police and District Attorney Gary Miles described what they called a North Country epidemic of prescription drugs being diverted to recreational use.

They said young teenagers were the most prevalent users of the illicitly obtained drugs.

Doctor arrested for illegally providing drugs

May 21, 2005 GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. - A northern New York doctor and her assistant were arrested yesterday on allegations they dispensed prescription drugs to addicts like they were M-and-Ms.

Doctor Gail DeHart and Joan Kingdon were each charged with felony third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. The arrests came after a day-long search of Dehart's home, where she has a private practice.

District Attorney Gary Miles says the charges stem from a two-year investigation into the illegal distribution of prescription drugs by health care professionals.

Miles tells the Watertown Daily Times that DeHart prescribed large amounts of painkillers like OxyContin and HydroCodone.

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