Doctor accused of selling drugs

April 17, 2008 2:31:37 PM PDT
A doctor in New Jersey was arrest Wednesday, accused of dealing drugs out of his offices. Authorities say Bipin Parikh, a general practitioner and a resident of Williston Park, sold drugs such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin and other narcotics.

Federal and local authorities say the Jersey City physician hauled in about $2 million from his side business.

New Jersey reporter Toni Yates has the story.

On Tuesday, Jersey City police had the doctor in handcuffs. He was hauled off by drug enforcement agents.

The drugs were reportedly sold out of the doctor's two offices, one on Newark Avenue and the other on Montgomery Street.

He was arrested after he allegedly sold pills for cash to DEA agents and Jersey City police officers.

The doctor is accused of selling the pills to people he never treated or even examined. And police say their early review of records confiscated from his offices suggest the doctor has raked in nearly $2 million.

Francis Garcia, the doctor's office manager for 16 years, says none of the allegations are true. She says he has done nothing but help the community.

But police fear serious harm may still come from the alleged operation, especially if the pills have gotten into the hands of children.

Dr. Parikh's bail was set at $50,000, which has been posted.


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