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Tucker 'Pill Mill' Busted Again

For the second time in as many weeks, authorities make arrests at Southern Health Management.

Southern Pain Management in Tucker, which was raided by Federal agents June 14, was targeted again Tuesday and a doctor was arrested, according to authorities.

Dr. Michael Assevero, a gynecologist, was charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone during yesterday's raid and was taken away in handcuffs. "I'm just practicing good medicine," he said to a reporter. He remains in custody at the Dekalb County jail.

Federal drug enforcement agent Chuvalo Truesdell told WXIA-TV that the place reminded him of a crack house from the 1980s. "Drug dealers are drug dealers, whether it's a person who's on a corner dealing crack, or a clinician in a coat," said Truesdell. ""These are patients who know they can come to this particular place and score prescriptions."

Nick Stabile, an employee at Southern Health Management - which is next to the DeKalb County Police headquarters - told CBS the D.E.A. is on a witch hunt. "We don't do anything wrong here, we're by the book," he said.

Owner Jeffrey Gonzalez is out on bond of $50,000 following his June 14 arrest. He told Tucker Patch at the time: "That dog and pony show they put on at my medical center was intended to do what it did, make us look guilty. So sad our patients had to endure that."

The owner's mother, Pat Gonzalez, contacted Tucker Patch and said: "He has a genuine concern for those in pain due to accidents or medical conditions. There are so many who have had problems in finding doctors to treat them and prescribe the needed medication. He provided help for them at Southern Health Management that they so desperately needed."

Clinic patient Jen Phillips commented: "I hate this and I hate the stigma because a lot of valid patients are not getting help with chronic pain care. Not everyone is a pill head."

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wayne d March 20, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Dont be an idiot.i never said anything about illegal drugs.im not now nor have ever been a user of illegal drugs.I dont even drink or smoke cigarettes.I would never go to mexico to get my meds.im a lawbiding citizen.People like you make me so angry.If your mother was in serious daily pain you would do whatever it took to make her more comfortable.I hope someday you come down with a chronic illness and everyone treats you the way you just did me.how stupid?? Not once was illegal drugs mentioned
wayne d March 20, 2013 at 02:47 PM
All people hear about is how bad people like jeff gonzalez are and how bad their company is but you never get to hear about the hundreds of people that places like his do help.of course there are idiots and conmen who abuse their right to medical care and use places like this for their own personnal gains.Why should it be taken out on the rest of us who are legitimitely in pain on a daily basis? I had a very professional job as an insurance salesman.i was robbed doing a night deposit at my bank and i was shot in my stomach.the bullet split up into several pieces and entered into my spinal region.the bullet is still there because theres no way to get it out.the bullet shifts often and puts me in terrible pain.enough pain that i havent been able to work in ten years.Now.i was able to work when i was allowed to take pain meds.the meds didnt remove all pain but made it bearable.Now tell me mr.know it all, what gives you or anyone else the right to tell me im not allowed to take a medicine that would increase my ability to live a better life? If i ended misusing my meds its on me.not on the doctors.
greg May 23, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Is this place still open??does anyone know??
Kevin Madigan May 23, 2013 at 01:52 PM
It's closed, Greg.
Jeffrey John Gonzalez October 03, 2013 at 02:08 AM
The clinic is still there Greg, I have leased the building to a doctor. A year and a half later and still not indicted. The DEA, Georgia Drugs and Narcotics, Agent William Manning, Dekalb Police (my next door neighbors), you are all lying,criminals, that steal and deal drugs. Anytime any of you want to meet in person, I'm down. Leave the tasers and guns.

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