Drug investigators were raiding pain clinics from Miami to West Palm Beach on Wednesday, saying they planned to arrest doctors and clinic owners in the biggest single strike at Florida’s pain pill industry. One of the first raids was taking place in Oakland Park at Commercial Medical Group.
Agents had staff members from the facility in handcuffs and were taking records from inside the clinic. Meanwhile, during a Delray Beach raid that began about 10 a.m., agents arrested Dr. Zvi Perper, the son of Broward Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua Perper. He is the listed owner of Delray Pain Management, though the facility is run by manager Kenneth Murry, who opened it in early 2009. Perper was led out of the clinic in handcuffs and beige medical scrubs and escorted to a Delray Beach police car. In all, hundreds of officers from federal, state and local agencies fanned out in an orchestrated sweep that aimed to shut down some of the busiest and best known pain clinics in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, law enforcement officials said. Some of the pain clinics have been under investigation for more than a year, officials said, and have become major sources supplying millions of narcotic pills to drug dealers and addicts in the Southeast.