Doctor Accused of Running ‘Pill Mill’
WESTLAKE, Ohio– A doctor was charged with drug trafficking and illegal possession of drug documents in a 226-count indictment on Thursday.
According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, Dr. Ronald Celeste wrote more than 33,000 prescriptions for controlled substances from 2009 to 2011; the drugs were allegedly prescribed in large amounts and in dangerous combinations that included Oxycontin, Percocet, Codeine, Valium and other commonly abused prescription narcotics.
The two-year investigation included several undercover visits while Dr. Celeste was employed at West Shore Family Practice in Westlake. McGinty said the investigation revealed that the doctor was running a “pill mill.”
Thousands of highly-abused narcotics prescription pills hit the streets of Cuyahoga County because of the doctor’s actions, according to the prosecutor.
The indictment was the result of an investigation by the Lakewood Police Narcotics Unit with assistance from Ohio State Pharmacy Board investigators.