Search warrant executed at Diagnostic Center for Disease & HIFU Centers of America

SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 21, 2017 -- 11:30 a.m.

On July 18, 2017, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 1819 Main Street, Suite 401 & 402, Sarasota.  Suite 401 is Diagnostic Center for Disease and Suite 402 is High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) Centers of America.  These are the medical offices of Ronald E. Wheeler.  Video of the search warrant can be seen at https://youtu.be/OdH_7nXKlrQ  

A link to this morning’s news conference can be seen on the Sarasota Police Department Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SarasotaPoliceDepartment/videos/1531626313543507/

Wheeler, 70 (DOB 2-19-1947), of 888 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, was arrested on July 20, 2017 at his office and was charged with Unlicensed Practice of Health Care Profession (Doctor).  Sarasota Police Officers went undercover to Wheeler’s office.  While Officers were there, they visited with Wheeler as a patient.  Wheeler told them the office visit was $3,445.  In addition, Wheeler also discussed a treatment plan that started at $50,000.  Wheeler never mentioned his license to practice medicine was revoked.

The investigation into Wheeler’s practice began due to an anonymous complaint to the Department of Health.  The anonymous complaint was Wheeler was seeing patients despite having his medical license revoked.  Wheeler’s medical license was revoked by Florida Department of Health on April 20, 2017.  The search warrant conducted on July 18 2017 was to determine if Wheeler had been seeing patients since his medical license was revoked.

There have been numerous public complaints to the Florida Department of Health regarding Wheeler.  They can be found online at https://appsmqa.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthCareProviders/LicenseVerification?LicInd=38368&ProCde=1501&org=%20

As a result of the search warrant, Detectives seized substantial number of patient files.  Due to the ongoing investigation, additional charges are expected.  A notice (photo attached with PCA) has been placed at 1819 Main St., Suite #401 & #402 stating all records that were seized have been placed in a secure location at the Sarasota Police Department.  If any patient is in need of copies of their medical records, they may contact Detective Doug Vollmer Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Due to the nature of this case, Detectives do believe Wheeler continued to see patients following his medical license being revoked on April 20, 2017.  If you were a patient and had contact with Wheeler on or after April 20, 2017, contact Detective Doug Vollmer at 941-954-7080.  The investigation remains ongoing.

Florida Department of Health Media Information Contact:  Devin Galetta at 850-245-4377 (office) or (850) 528-8881 (cell) or devin.galetta@flhealth.gov 


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Sarasota Police News Conference Friday Morning

SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 20, 2017 -- 5:15 p.m.

Chief Bernadette DiPino and members of the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division will be holding a news conference at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 21st at Sarasota Police Department Headquarters 2nd Floor Community Room, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, regarding the arrest of Ronald E. Wheeler.  Wheeler has been charged with Unlicensed Practice of a Health Care Profession (Doctor).

A news release with additional information, the arrest affidavit, booking photo and a 3 minute video of the search warrant at the offices where Wheeler was conducting business at will also be available.

 

Sarasota Police taking social media followers on a ‘Tweet from the Beat’

SARASOTA, FL. – July 19, 2017   – 8 a.m.

The Sarasota Police Department is taking social media followers on another “virtual ride-along.”  Thursday, July 20, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Twitter users can “ride along” for another ‘Tweet from the Beat’ with Patrol Officers during night shift.

Patrol Officer Laura Bobitz will share what she says and does through texts, videos, GIFs and various photos.  Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator Genevieve Judge will tweet on behalf of Officer Bobitz.  Followers on Twitter @SarasotaPD will be able to ask questions and interact with the Sarasota Police Department while they are on patrol.

To join the Sarasota Police Department "Tweet from the Beat” virtual ride along:  Twitter users can follow the Sarasota Police Department under the handle @SarasotaPD.  To create a Twitter account, users can visit to www.twitter.com and sign up.  It’s easy, quick and free.  Once an account is created, users can follow @SarasotaPD

The Sarasota Police Department began ‘Tweet from the Beat’ in November 2013.

Search warrant leads to seizure of cocaine, marijuana, prescription pills & ammunition

SARASOTA, FL. – July 13, 2017   – 1:30 p.m.

On Friday, July 7, 2017, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit, SWAT Team, Patrol Division and Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 1738 23rd Street, Sarasota.  The search warrant was conducted after reports of drug sales were reported by residents in the neighborhood.

Officers seized:

·       165 grams of marijuana
·       33.7 grams of cocaine
·       51 oxycodone pills
·       7 morphine pills
·       Gun magazine with ammunition
·       Storage/cargo trailer

Donnie Brinson, 26, of Bradenton, was on the property at the time of the search warrant.  Officers located approximately 60 grams of marijuana in the vehicle, $437.25 in U.S. currency on Brinson and a small digital scale.

1738 23rd Street is located 400 feet from an Early Learning Center.  Brinson was charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to sell within 1000 feet of a school (felony) and Possession of Paraphernalia (misdemeanor).

This investigation continues pending results of latent evidence collected from the various items seized.  Additional charges for other individuals are possible.

Warrant Roundup Results in 15 Arrests – 1 Suspect Still Wanted

SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 12, 2017 -- 1:30 p.m.

In June 2017, the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit and Street Crimes Unit conducted a Warrant Round-Up resulting in 15 arrests of multiple convicted felons.  At this time, one suspect is still wanted: Khalid Polk, 25, (date of birth 9/21/1991), wanted for Sale of Fentanyl.

The Warrant Round-Up focused on suspects living throughout the City of Sarasota with a focus on illegal sale of controlled substances including Fentanyl and Carfentanil.  The 15 people arrested face 18 charges including Sale of Cocaine, Possession of LSD, Sale of Spice and Sale of Marijuana.  The 15 suspects have a combined 269 prior felony charges and 317 prior misdemeanor charges.

“We’re working hard to keep the City of Sarasota a safe place to live, work and play,” said Captain Corinne Stannish, Sarasota Police Criminal Investigations Division.  “We will continue our efforts to end drug dealing in the City of Sarasota.  We’re not going to give up,” said Captain Stannish.

Warrant Round-Up Arrests include:
- Mario Powers, 29, of Sarasota
Sale of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a School (felony)
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Park (felony)

- Earl Taylor, 61, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of Public Housing (2 counts) (felony)

- Jackie Martel, 49, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of Public Housing (2 counts) (felony)

- George Whitfield, 54, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of Public Housing (felony)

- Tereza Jones, 19, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church (felony)

- Jason Pierre, 22, of Sarasota
Sale of Spice within 1000 feet of a School (felony)

- James Brooks, 35, of Sarasota
Sale of Spice within 1000 feet of a School (felony)

- Cassandra True, 40, of Sarasota
Sale of Spice within 1000 feet of a School (felony)

- David Mason, 27, of Sarasota
Possession of LSD (felony)

- James Baker, 62, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a School (felony)

- Ricky Cokley, 53, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Park (felony)

- Johnnie Weeks, 29, Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church (felony)
Sale of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a Church (felony)

- Wilbert Polk, 24, of Arcadia
Sale of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a Church (felony)

- Elvis Shine, 36, of Sarasota
Sale of Cocaine (felony)
Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony)

- Michel Woodall, 36, of Sarasota
Driving with a License Suspended (misdemeanor)

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Khalid Polk is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department Narcotics Unit at 941-954-7009. 

Traffic stop leads to Marijuana, Prescription Pills, Cocaine & THC oil

SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 10, 2017 -- 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday at approximately 10:15 p.m., Officers were in the area of 29th Street and Goodrich Avenue, Sarasota, investigating a 911 call of shots fired.  While in the area, Officers observed Summer Lemieux, 26, of Sarasota, driving in reverse, northbound on Goodrich Avenue.

After stopping the vehicle for improper backing, Officers asked Lemieux why she was driving the vehicle in reverse and she responded saying, “what, what?”  Officers ordered Lemieux to pull the vehicle over.  When Officers approached the vehicle, they observed a quantity of marijuana in plain view on the dashboard.

Officers conducted a vehicle inventory and located:

·       126.9 grams of marijuana
·       3 grams of cocaine
·       Suspected hash/hardened THC oil
·       Prescription pills (hydromorphone & alprazolam)
·       Smoking pipe with marijuana in it
·       Weight scales
·       Drug paraphernalia

Lemieux received a traffic citation for improper backing and was charged with:

·       Possession of Marijuana within 1000 feet of a church (felony)
·       Possession of Cocaine within 1000 feet of a church (felony)
·       2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance (felony)

Summer Lemieux, 26

Summer Lemieux, 26