DeKalb County police and Drug Enforcement Agency officials stormed a suspected "pill mill" in Tucker on Thursday, making numerous arrests and confiscating drugs and "mountains of evidence," according to WSB-TV.
Officers from both organizations raided Southern Health Management at 2060 Northlake Parkway late this morning. The business is within walking distance of Dekalb County Police headquarters at West Exchange Place.
SHM owner Jeffrey Gonzalez spoke to reporters outside the building as he was taken away in handcuffs, saying that his business is legitimate and that he knows President Obama. "I find it hard to believe that the president would come to a criminal's house. We medicate people for the right reasons, not the wrong reasons." Gonzalez added that "law enforcement needs to maintain their employment. That's why they're here" and that "churches run rural America."
WSB reported law enforcement officials found "box after box" of medications on the premises and inside vehicles in the parking lot. The station showed footage of cars, many with out of state tags, being towed away. During the raid, more people arrived at the clinic who were then arrested, the report said.
Several doctors at the clinic were allowed to leave without being arrested. One said, "they didn't arrest any doctors" and that he did not know what was going on. He declined to give his name. Another doctor surrended his license, according to the newscast.