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Monday, March 18,2013

An east side raid

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration raided a doctor’s clinic on Lansing’s east side yesterday, but will not give details

by Andy Balaskovitz
Shannon Wiggins
Friday, Jan. 27 — A Lansing physician’s clinic was raided Thursday, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has confirmed, but the federal agency will not comment on details about the “ongoing investigation.”

The raid took place Thursday at 2310 E. Michigan Ave., the address for East Michigan Family Care. The clinic is owned by Shannon Wiggins, who recently pleaded no contest to several charges of over-prescribing pharmaceuticals.

It is unclear what the purpose of the DEA investigation is. A spokesman for the agency said a “federal search warrant” was executed at the address at that it is an “ongoing investigation.”

“Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved. The DEA was the main agency executing the federal search warrant,” said Rich Isaacson, spokesman for the DEA.

Isaacson said no arrests were made. He declined to comment when asked if anything was seized from the building.

Lansing Police Department spokesman Bob Merritt could not provide anymore details, but said “We are aware of it,” referring to the raid.

Merritt directed questions to the U.S. District Attorneys Office of the Western District in Grand Rapids. A request for comment was not immediately returned today from Assistant District Attorney Ray Beckering, to whom Merritt referred City Pulse.

Linda Stevens, owner of Lansing Art Glass at 2320 E. Michigan Ave., said she and a friend saw a Lansing Police Department vehicle parked at the clinic’s office for most of Thursday. That was around noon.

“When my friend came in, she said ‘You need to go down there and find out what’s going on,’” Stevens said. “Find out if we’re in danger.”

Stevens said an LPD officer told her an “investigation” was in progress, but didn’t provide more details.

As a result of the state Attorney General Office’s complaint against Wiggins last year, she was given a $5,000 fine and two years’ probation but kept her osteopathic medicine license. Wiggins, who has another office on North Grand River Avenue by the airport, pleaded no contest Nov. 7 to eight separate counts of neglect and incompetence for violating parts of the state’s Public Health Code. Eight other charges that Wiggins’ conduct “constitutes selling, prescribing, giving away or administering drugs for other than lawful diagnostic or therapeutic purposes” were dismissed by the state Board of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery.

Isaacson, of the DEA, could not confirm if the north Lansing address was also raided.
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