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Portland clinic at center of opiate trafficking investigation; 21 people indicted

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Julie Ann Demille, Osasuyi Kenneth Idumwonyi, jail booking photo Julie Ann Demille, Osasuyi Kenneth Idumwonyi, jail booking photo
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An investigation into suspected opiate trafficking at a Portland clinic led to the federal indictments of 21 people, according to the Department of Justice.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, along with other local law enforcement agencies, served more than a dozen federal search warrants in the Portland metro area early Wednesday morning as part of a 15-month DEA-led investigation.

Investigators said the Fusion Wellness Clinic on the 2400 block of Southeast 101st Avenue in Portland was illegally dispensing prescription oxycodone and hydrocodone.

According to the Department of Justice, the business was established by Julie Ann Demille, 58, of Clackamas, and Osasuyi Kenneth Idumwonyi, 55, of Spring, Texas, and began issuing controlled substance prescriptions in January 2015.

Federal indictments allege Demille and Idumwonyi worked together to provide oxycodone and hydrocodone prescriptions for a $200 per visit cash fee "outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose."

During the time the Fusion Wellness Clinic was in operation, Demille, a licensed nurse practitioner, prescribed opiates to around 400 clinic customers, according to investigators.

Along with charges of conspiracy to dispense and distribute prescription opiates and distribution of oxycodone, Demille is also charged with two counts of making false statements to the DEA.

Demille, Idumwonyi and 18 other suspects were arrested Wednesday morning. One unidentified suspect remained on the loose Thursday.

“Rogue pain clinics facilitate the destruction of lives through drug abuse, addiction and even death,” said DEA Special Agent in-Charge Keith Weis. “This is a national crisis as we are losing record numbers of Americans from prescription drugs, heroin, and fentanyl overdoses. DEA works every day to attack those drug traffickers who prey on victims of addiction and facilitate drug trafficking-related violence in our communities.”

Fox 12 spoke with a doctor who works across the hall from the facility. He said he always found it odd that Demille's patients would come to him.

"I had a couple of people come and just wait on the steps," said Ross McCallum, an acupuncturist at the Healthy Foundation. "They'd come to my office and say, ‘Do you know when these people will be back? I really could use some pills, my pain is bad.'"

McCallum said he was not surprised when the DEA pasted this sign on the door after raiding the office Wednesday morning.  

"Pain pills are definitely an epidemic and that’s clearly recognized," he said. 

Lines for Life is a 24-hour referral service for anyone in an addiction or mental health crisis at 800-273-8255.

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