LAND O'LAKES — Dr. William Crumbley had just been arrested along with two other people on charges they ran an unlicensed prescription pill mill. As Crumbley was being booked Tuesday into the Pasco jail, a deputy asked if he had any contraband. Crumbley said no.
But in fact, the doctor had a wee pharmacy hidden on him: one pill of Tizandine, a muscle relaxer; one Prilosec, for heartburn relief; half of a pill of Viagra, for treatment of erectile dysfunction and one and a half pills of Nuvigil, a stimulant. The sheriff's report doesn't specify where the alleged drugs were hidden. They were found during a search of his person — not a body scanner.
"I can assume it was in his clothes," said Pasco Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll.
The Sheriff's Office raided the Harbour Medical Group and arrested three staff members, including Crumbley, a 53-year-old Tampa doctor whose license was suspended in October for writing excessive prescriptions for painkillers that might have contributed to a patient's death.
Crumbley is charged with owning and operating a nonregistered pain clinic, possession of a controlled substance and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. He was released from the Pasco jail Wednesday on $12,000 bail.