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Local addiction treatment facility raided by federal agents

Becky Campbell, Johnson City Press • May 3, 2018 at 9:40 AM

The home of a local addiction treatment doctor and the eight recovery centers he operates in Virginia and Tennessee were raided Wednesday by federal agents — a move Dr. Tom Reach called “overzealous” that could likely cause drug overdose deaths in the region.

As the search warrants, signed by U.S. Magistrate Dennis Inman in Greeneville, were executed at the various Tennessee treatment centers, patients were turned away as they showed up for their appointments. A Johnson City police officer stood guard at the front door to tell people the business was closed. Agents inside the center refused to speak to the Press.

Reach said he was driving to Virginia when his wife called around 10 a.m. to tell him the “feds were raiding the house.” He returned home to find Drug Enforcement Agents taking documents from his home.

“They downloaded my computer, my wife’s computer and my daughter’s computer and they downloaded our phones,” Reach said. The computers at the various treatment centers were also apparently downloaded as well as the personal cellphones of the agency’s employees. Reach said the DEA could have walked in and asked to see whatever they wanted to see and he would have complied willingly.

For more on this story, visit the Johnson City Press.

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