UPDATED: Jasper Doctor Arrested On Felony Drug Charges; Says Pills Were For Him!

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Jasper (NNDC) – A joint federal and state investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Jasper doctor on felony drug charges.

49-year old Michael Love has been charged with dealing and possessing Oxycodone, a narcotic.  The dealing charge is a Level 2 felony in Indiana; the possession charge is a Level 5 felony.

If found guilty, a Level 2 felony carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 to 30 years and a fine of up to $10,000. A Level 5 felony has a maximum person term of one to six years as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

Love, who is free on a $20,000 cash bond made an initial appearance in Dubois Superior Court Thursday along with his attorney Bill Kaiser of Jasper.  Love entered an initial plea of not guilty.

Love is an orthopedic physician and surgeon in Jasper with the practice of Norris, Love and Blessinger.   The Evansville Courier is reporting the practice’s website (www.norrislove.com) on Wednesday, said Love has been a consultant for the Jasper High School football team.

Thursday morning, Dr. Love’s name and biography were no longer on the website.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency is leading the investigation along with Indiana State Police.

The warrant for Love’s arrest was issued Friday.

A redacted case document was filed with the court this afternoon, the investigation began when state police were notified by a member of the Indiana Board of Pharmacy who says he was tipped by a local pharmacist about large amounts of Oxycodone being prescribed to an unnamed individual by Dr. Michael Love.

DUBOIS REC 1The local pharmacy filling the prescription verified to authorities that the 190 pills of 30mg Oxycodone was being refilled every four days for about a -year-and-a-half.  The last prescription was filled on April 18th, according to the court affidavit.

On April 20th, Love told authorities the pills were for him and that he’s been addicted to the Oxycodone for about seven to eight years.   Love told authorities that for the last four years he’s been writing the prescriptions to the unnamed individual who was having them filled and then deliver them to Love’s office.  The unnamed individual in the affidavit would pay the pharmacy in cash which would be reimbursed by Love who then provided the unnamed individual with medical care and treatment at no cost.

The court document also says during a consent search of Love’s home, 64 pills were found.

The charging affidavit has been redacted according Dubois County Prosecutor Anthony Quinn because the case remains an active investigation.  Quinn is not commenting further to the media on the case at this time.

Oxycodone Hydrochlorids, is a white, odorless crystalline powder derived from the opium alkaloid, thebaine.  Oxycodone hydrochloride, properly prescribed are for the management of moderate to severe pain where the use of an opioid analgesic is appropriate.

Love is due back in court September 6th.

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