Nevada Physician Sentenced to 10 Years to Life
APR 22- -- (LAS VEGAS) – Timothy J. Landrum, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today the sentencing of Dr. Harriston L. Bass. Dr. Bass was sentenced on 56 Counts in the State of Nevada; Count 1 - Second Degree Murder (10 years to life) in a Nevada State Prison, Counts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 (24 -60 months to run consecutively), Counts 7 - 50 and 56 (12 - 36 months to run concurrent); Counts 51 - 55 (12 - 36 months to run consecutively), credit of 57 days time served.
“More than 48 million Americans have abused prescription drugs, and prescription drugs are the second most commonly used illegal drug by teens to get high,” said Timothy J. Landrum, DEA Special Agent in Charge. “This sentencing stands as a warning to those doctors who illegally prescribe dangerous and addictive drugs; that members of the medical community are not untouchable when they prescribe controlled substances for no legitimate reason.”
Bass was arrested on December 20, 2006, following a joint investigation by the DEA, the Nevada Department of Public Safety and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. This joint investigation was initiated after DEA received information that Bass was prescribing controlled substances to young adults and juveniles without a medical indication at their homes and at hotels/casinos in Las Vegas. Several young adults overdosed and/or died as a result of Bass’ prescribing and dispensing patterns.
On March 5, 2008, Dr. Bass was convicted for the following state charges: Murder in the Second Degree, Sale of Schedule III Controlled Substances, and Unlawful Possession with Intent to Sell Schedule III Controlled Substances.
This investigation was prosecuted by the Nevada Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Justice.