INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 17, 2014)– Monday afternoon, DEA agents raided a north side chiropractic office.
Pynkerton Dion Newton was arrested for allegedly prescribing the weight loss pill “Phentermine” without a federal license. Newton was walked out of his office in handcuffs and his silver Honda Element was towed from the scene.
A “confidential source” told DEA agents that Dr. Newton had been dispensing Phentermine, a schedule IV controlled substance. However, he was doing it without a license from the State of Indiana or the DEA.
The confidential source claims that he was required to see Newton every two weeks for a weight loss consultation. Court documents reveal that the confidential source was required to pay $85 each visit and was given Phentermine in paper envelopes.
On Nov. 13, DEA agents met with Newton at his office. The agents explained that an investigation was being conducted against him. Newton said that the Phentermine was left at the office by a previous medical director.
“It was my first day, I worked only five hours and six minutes before my lunch break the DEA, and the cops are here,’ said Kimberly Coffey, a Pynkerton Chiropractic employee.
Coffey says it was a memorable first day of work, but for all of the wrong reasons.
“We were scared and we just sat there and finally they let us go,” said Coffey.
Eventually, she watched as her boss was escorted from the business in handcuffs.
Former employees say they saw this coming.
“It doesn’t come as a surprise because my last check bounced. That tells me he’s not running a good business,” said Millissa Talley.
Several patients could be seen arriving for their appointments, as the north side office was being raided.
“I walked in there and I couldn’t believe it! I saw the DEA,” said Sherice Smith, a patient of Newton’s.
The drug in question, Phentermine, is a common weight loss pill.
“It is a stimulant, which is why it’s a controlled substance,” said Emily Pentland, Sure Success Weight Loss.
Pentland says when Phentermine is used properly, it helps people lose weight. However, if patients go unmonitored, it has the ability to be abused.
“It could accelerate your heart rate, it could give you the jitters, it gives you a boost of energy and some patients take it illegally to get that high,” said Pentland.
Newton’s office, Pynkerton Chiropractic, is located at 2102 East 52nd Street.
Weight loss specialist tells me side-effects of the weight loss pill are increased heart rate, high blood pressure pic.twitter.com/2GD4BrIviQ
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) November 17, 2014