Doctor from Walnut convicted of running ‘pill mill’

LOS ANGELES >> A doctor from Walnut faces up to seven behind bars after a jury convicted him Thursday of prescribing painkillers and other drugs without a medical reason at his Wilmington clinic, authorities said.
The Los Angeles Superior Court Jury found jury John Dimowo, 56, guilty of seven felony counts of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance in an operation described by prosecutor as a “pill mill,” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
“Undercover agents with the Medical Board of California went to Dimowo’s pain management clinic in Wilmington between March 2012 and March 2013 and received prescriptions for Adderall, hydrocodone and alprazolam without receiving any appropriate exams,” according to the statement. “The agents paid between $250 to $400 per visit.”
After posting bail following his initial arrest in October of 2013, officials re-arrested Dimowo in April after they said he continued writing prescriptions in violation of the terms of his bail. He again posted bail a week later, records show.
Following the jury’s decision, Dimowo was being held without bail pending his sentencing, scheduled for May 29.

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Glendora man jailed after drugs, assault weapons found in his home

GLENDORA >> Police found and arrested a man Friday who they had been seeking for two weeks after a search of his home turned up assault weapons, handguns and drugs, officials said.
Clayton Ruben Addleman, 24, surrendered shortly after 5 p.m. when police found him at a home in the 900 block of East Woodland Lane, surrounded it, and ordered him out, Glendora police Lt. Matt Egan said.
Police had been seeking him since April 15, when they showed up at his home in the 800 block of North Starcrest Drive to arrest him on an warrant related to a possession of illegal fireworks case, the lieutenant said.
Addleman fled the house when officers arrived, along with several others, Egan said. Addleman was not found, but police recovered 1,000 Xanax pills, a scale, two assault rifles, four handguns and ammunition from the suspect’s home.
Officers arrested him without a struggle Friday after tracking him to the Woodland Lane home, Egan said.
In addition to being arrested on the initial warrant, Clayton was booked on suspicion of possession of drugs for sale, being a convicted felon in possession of guns and possession of illegal assault weapons.

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Wanut doctor accused of continuing to write prescriptions pending trial

LOS ANGELES >> A doctor from Walnut awaiting trial on accusations of over-prescribing powerful painkillers were re-arrested this week on suspicion of violating the conditions of his bail by continuing to issue prescriptions, district attorney’s officials said.
John Dimowo, 56, of Walnut was arrested during a court appearance Friday, ahead of the planned April 24 start of his trial on eight counts of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
“Dimowo, who was out on $60,000 bail on a restricted prescribing license, wrote dozens of prescriptions to his patients in violation of the court’s orders, prosecutors alleged in the motion,” district attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
He was being held in lieu of $120,000 bail pending his trial, authorities said. He’s accused of prescribing Adderall, hydrocodone and alprazolam to undercover investigators at his Wilmington office without providing appropriate examinations between 2012 and 2013.

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Alhambra police dog sniffs out alleged drug dealer

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ALHAMBRA >> A police dog sniffed out methamphetamine, money and a scale, leading to the arrest of an alleged drug dealer following a routine traffic stop on Valley Boulevard early Wednesday.
An officer stopped a car for a traffic violation about 2:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of West Valley Boulevard, Alhambra police Sgt. Tai Seki said.
Alhambra police narcotics detection dog Abbey, a chocolate Labrador retriever, was summoned to the scene, police said. Police searched the car after Abbey alerted to the 0409_NWS_PSN-L-METH2presence of drugs.
Officers ultimates recovered several grams of methamphetamine divided into individually baggies, a digital scale and about $300 in cash from the passenger compartment of the car, Seki said.
Driver Nicholas Paul Gomez, 29, of Los Angeles was arrested for possession of drugs for sales, according to police and county booking records. Passenger Danis Luna, 30, of Los Angeles was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department

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Security guard accused of selling cocaine out of Covina nightclub

0329_SGT-L-COCAINE1COVINA >> Police arrested a security guard at a Downtown Covina restaurant and nightclub Friday night on charges of selling cocaine to undercover investigators at the business three times in recent months, authorities said.
Covina police and California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control agents arrested Christopher Rodriguez, 22, of Baldwin Park about 10:30 p.m. while he was working at the Red Lounge & Restaurant, 211 N. Citrus Avenue, according to Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Rodriguez is a contractor employed by Whittier-based Executive Sentry Services, police said.
Covina police assisted in making the arrest, which was the result of an undercover ABC investigation, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
“They started conducting surveillances in the location,” the sergeant said. “They were able to facilitate some purchases. They were able to do it on three separate occasions.”
Peterson described the amounts of cocaine sold each transaction as smaller, “personal use” amounts.
0329_SGT-L-COCAINE2Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Rodriguez, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office filed three charges of drug sales against him, police said in a written statement.
“They believed this person was operating out of the business, and it wasn’t an isolated incident,” Peterson said.
It did not appear the establishment itself was linked to the alleged narcotics sales, he said.
“There’s no evidence showing that the club was associated with it whatsoever,” the sergeant said. “It appears (Rodriguez) was acting on his own behalf.”
Red owner Everett Ramos said he was shocked by the arrest of Rodriguez, one of 10 security guards contracted through Executive Sentry Services on any given business night. After about 10 ABC agents and police officers arrested Rodriguez, Ramos said they told him of the allegations.
Representatives of Sentry Executive Services could not be reached for comment Saturday.
Ramos said he saw no signs Rodriguez was up to illegal activity, and he appeared to be a good worker.
“I run a legitimate businesses,” Ramos said. “I’m always willing to do things to make it better.”
Though officials appeared friendly during their visit to Red late Friday, Ramos said he wished they could have made the arrest in a more discreet way.
“It didn’t look good,” he said.
In addition to the criminal investigation targeting Rodriguez, ABC officials planned to conduct an administrative investigation, and city officials will review the businesses’ permits, Peterson said.
Regarding the pending administrative reviews of his business, Ramos said, “I’m a little bit concerned, but I’ve done nothing wrong.”
According to county booking records, Rodriguez was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in West Covina Superior Court.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Covina Police Department

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Pasadena traffic stop leads to loaded gun, 27 grams of meth

PASADENA >> Police arrested a man and recovered 27 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun during what began as a routine traffic stop Thursday, officials said.
Sanjay Kumar Varma, 33, of Pasadena is accused of possession of methamphetamine for sale and several weapons violations following his 6:19 p.m. arrest in the 3400 block of East Foothill Boulevard, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
After stopping Varma for a traffic violation, officers conducted a pat-down search, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
They found a loaded 9mm handgun on his person, along with the drugs, he said.
Varma was being held in lieu of $80,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.

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77 pounds of cocaine seized in Pasadena bust

PASADENA >> Police arrested a suspect and seized 77 pounds of cocaine, a handgun and a large amount cash during a bust last week in a residential neighborhood, officials announced Sunday.
Few details were available regarding the raid, which took place Thursday in the 1000 block of Raymond Avenue, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said in a written statement.
“The warrant was based on an ongoing drug trafficking investigation,” according to the chief. “During the search of the residence, 35 kilos of cocaine, a semi-automatic handgun and a large amount of currency were recovered.”
One suspect was arrested, however his identity was not available Sunday.
“It is likely the cocaine was destined to the streets of Pasadena and surrounding cities,” Sanchez said.
Lt. John Mercado deferred comment to vice detectives, who were not available Sunday.

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Arcadia traffic stop leads to drugs, stolen credit cards, arrests

ARCADIA >> A routine traffic stop for running a stop sign in Arcadia early Thursday led to the discovery of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a pipe, baggies, a scale, stolen credit cards and checks, burglary tools, officials said.
Police arrested the driver Eric Rey, 42, of West Covina, along with passengers Iris Samberg, 46, and Nicole Strohm, 34, both of Pasadena, on suspicion of a laundry list of crimes following the 2:30 a.m. traffic stop on Santa Anita Avenue, just north of the 210 Freeway, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
In addition to the drug, identity theft-related charges, the trio is also accused of child endangerment, Castro said. The 14-year-old son of Strohm was a passenger in the Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck and was released to his father.
Ann officer saw the pickup truck blow through stop sign at 5th Avenue and Santa Clara Street, Castro said. After the driver pulled over along Santa Anita Avenue, the officer found that Rey’s driver’s license was suspended.
While searching the truck, police found a clear plastic bag containing “a large amount of a white substance determined to be methamphetamine,” Castro said. Alongside the meth, police found a digital scale and plastic baggies, often used by dealers to used to meter out portions of the drug. The exact amount of drugs recovered was not available.
Police recovered small amounts of cocaine and marijuana from the truck, along with syringes and a marijuana pipe, the lieutenant said.
Additionally, about 40 credit cards in other peoples’ names were seized, along with allegedly stolen checks, suspected stolen mail and burglary tools including bolt cutters and picks, he said.
According to county booking records, Rey Strohm were being held in lieu of $100,000 bail each, while Samberg was being held in lieu of $115,000 bail. All three were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court.

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28 grams of methamphetamine found hidden in suspect’s buttocks in West Covina

WEST COVINA >> Police discovered 28 grams of methamphetamine hidden in a Rialto man’s buttocks Sunday after taking him into custody for a probation violation following a routine traffic stop in West Covina, authorities said.
Jimmy Ontiveros, 24, was booked on suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale, possession of narcotics in a custodial environment and violating his probation stemming from a previous case, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
An officer pulled over a 2004 Dodge Intrepid just after 9 a.m. at Cameron and California avenues, the lieutenant said.
The driver was ultimately released with a citation, he said. But officers discovered that a passenger, Ontiveros, was wanted for violating his probation.
While searching the suspect during the booking process, officials first discovered a small amount of methamphetamine hidden inside Ontiveros’ sock, Patton said.
Police then discovered 28 additional grams of methamphetamine concealed between the suspect’s buttocks, he said.
In addition to possession of drugs for sales, Ontiveros is accused of an additional felony for bringing drugs into a secure portion of a police department.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Ontiveros was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Bicycle stop in Pasadena leads to arrest of alleged meth dealer

PASADENA >> Pasadena police arrested a suspected gang member and recovered 18 grams of methamphetamine, along with replica handgun, Friday afternoon, officials said.
Victor Aguilar Mendoza, 21, was booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The arrest came after an officer tried to stop Mendoza for committing a traffic violation while riding a bicycle about 5 p.m. in the 500 block of N. Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Police chased the suspect as he fled into a nearby apartment, the lieutenant said. He obeyed commands to come out about five minutes later.
Mendoza consented to a search of his apartment, during which police found 18 grams of methamphetamine and a pistol only capable of firing “blanks,” Luna said.
Mendoza was being held in lieu of $70,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to booking records.

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