Search warrants were served Tuesday morning at multiple Columbus locations as part of a prescription drug abuse investigation by the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Agents served the warrants at three locations: Columbus Southern Medical Clinic at 2912 South High St., Pharma 1 Pharmacy at 1763 South High St., and Drug Store Pharmacy at 2940 Groveport Road.
Some patients at the Columbus Southern Medical Clinic told 10TV they had driven hours only to be turned away.
"They called me yesterday morning to confirm my appointment, then I get here and they're shut down," said Shea Wilburn.
Wilburn and her mother had driven from Ross County. Employees were also kept outside as state and federal agents worked in the building.
"I'm on sugar pills, I'm on blood pressure pills, and I don't know what I'll do," said Linda Martin.
Inside the clinic, agents collected records and digital files.
Attorney General Mike DeWine said that authorities have been investigating the clinics for nine months.
Authorities accuse doctors of seeing hundreds of patients a day.
"These are drug dealers. They're making money, and then the drugs are on the street and sometimes the drugs are consumed by the person who goes in and sometimes those are sold right on the street, so this is a drug dealing operation," said DeWine.
A nurse at the clinic told 10TV that she learned of the raid when she showed up for work and the parking lot was blocked. She was questioned by agents.
"Just if I knew anything that was going on that would have been illegal, there's not, that I know of anyways," said the woman who did not give her name.
Investigators said it could take several months to review all of the evidence collected. After that, charges could be filed.
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