Murietta Doctor Arrested for Illegal Prescription Drug Distribution
JUL 25 --(LOS ANGELES) – On July 24, 2007, Murrieta physician Dr. Joel Stanley Dreyer, 69, of Murrieta, was taken into custody for multiple counts of unlawfully prescribing controlled substances to persons in exchange for cash. The arrest occurred at his Temecula office in the 41700 block of Enterprise Circle, Temecula.
“The abuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem throughout our country,” stated Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Timothy J. Landrum. “Currently, 6 million Americans are abusing controlled substance prescription drugs - more than the number abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, combined. In 2004 alone, approximately 500,000 emergency room visits were attributed to the non-medical use of prescription pain killers. Unfortunately, there a few doctors such as Dr. Dreyer using their position of trust in our communities to prey on those who are vulnerable to the abuse of these drugs. Today’s arrest is a result of the combined resources of our local, state and federal investigative agencies and will effectively help to curb the availability of these dangerous drugs in our community.”
Lt. Dennis Vrooman of the Murietta Police Department stated, “We can all rest a little easier today knowing that a drug dealing doctor responsible for distributing thousands of addictive prescription drugs in our neighborhoods is under arrest due to the hard work and dedication of all of the agencies involved."
The investigation into Dr. Dreyer’s unethical practices began several years ago after area pharmacies noticed Dr. Dreyer’s patients appeared to be young and healthy but were prescribed highly addictive controlled substances such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Xanax. Many of the local pharmacies refused to fill prescriptions written by Dr. Dreyer and some notified the DEA and local law enforcement agencies of their suspicions. In early 2007, Murrieta Police detectives, assisted by DEA Agents and California Medical Board Investigators, coordinated their investigative efforts into Dr. Dreyer’s medical practice.
Between January and May 2007, undercover officers purchased several prescriptions for these addictive controlled substances on multiple occasions. During the course of this investigation, agents discovered that Dr. Dreyer charged cash for writing prescriptions as well as issued drugs and prescriptions without conducting physical examinations. Additionally, investigators determined Dr. Dreyer would routinely meet patients in parking lots and restaurants in Murrieta, where he exchanged prescriptions for cash in a public setting without examining the patients.
Search warrants were served on Dr. Dreyer’s home in the 38000 block of Pinnacle Court in Murrieta and at his current office location. Dr. Dreyer was booked at Southwest Detention Center on a No Bail arrest warrant.
It is important to note that Dr. Dreyer’s previous employer, current and past office partners he sub-leased office space from are not involved in this criminal investigation and appear to have been unaware of his criminal behavior.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Murietta Police Department and the California Medical Board.
This investigation is continuing and may involve the arrests of patients as well as other medical professionals who knowingly collaborating with Dr. Dreyer in a vast network of unlawful dispensing, possession, and selling of controlled substances. Please forward any questions to DEA Los Angeles Public Information Officer SA Sarah Pullen at (213) 621-6827 or Murietta Police Department Lt. Dennis Vrooman at (951) 461-6366.