DEA raids doctors’ offices
Offices and other property of a Montrose doctor with several clinics around the Western Slope, including one in Grand Junction, were raided by Drug Enforcement Administration officials Wednesday.
Agents took patients’ medical files from the offices of Dr. Sam Jahani, who runs GJ Urgent Care, 517 N. First St., and Montrose Urgent Care, 2035 S. Townsend Ave. Jahani also has an office in Delta with Dr. Eric Peper at 164 W. Third St. Agents also searched Jahani’s large, rural Montrose home.
Sources said the investigation is related to the distribution of controlled substances at Jahani’s clinics.
Authorities were tight-lipped Wednesday about details related to the case, and the federal search warrant affidavits were under seal.
According to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, Jahani first was issued a license to practice medicine in Texas in 1988 and was issued a license in Colorado in May 2000. Jahani, 48, is an internist with an active license in both states. He has permitting privileges at Delta County Memorial Hospital and has worked since 2001 at the Willow Tree Nursing Home in Delta.
Peper is a thoracic surgeon and has an active license with conditions to practice in Colorado. Peper’s privileges to practice at St. Mary’s Hospital were permanently revoked in 2003.
A Daily Sentinel phone call to Jahani’s home was not answered Wednesday.
Agents on Wednesday carried items out of the GJ Urgent Care clinic to a U-Haul truck that was backed up to the facility.
The medical files being confiscated contain “highly sensitive pieces of evidence for us,” said Jim Schrant, resident agent in charge of the DEA.
People who came to the Grand Junction facility on Wednesday for care were met and questioned by Grand Junction Police Department officers.
Authorities said patients of Jahani or Peper who wish to access their medical files should have their health care provider call 720-895-4269, and the records will be released to the medical practitioner with a HIPPA release form.
The walk-in clinics are designed to offer health care for patients who do not have a primary care doctor, do not want to wait for a doctor’s appointment or who want care after traditional doctors offices are closed.