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Jacksonville Pain Clinics Raided by FBI, DEA in 'Pill Mill' Investigation

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Retraction/Apology

In July 2010 and thereafter, we reported on two local pain management clinics that were raided by federal agents and were being investigated for being "pill mills."

In connection with those reports both on the air and on our website, we reported that George H.G. Hall, a retired executive and now college professor and practicing lawyer, ran the clinics and is the brother of one of the clinic doctors. Those statements were incorrect.

George Hall had no role in running either clinic and is not related to anyone associated with either clinic.

These errors resulted from First Coast News' mistakes in reporting.

First Coast News apologizes to Mr. Hall, his family, his friends, and colleagues for these errors.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two pain management clinics in town have been raided by the Drug Enforcement Administration Thursday morning.

The raid was a joint effort by the FBI, DEA and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, who served a federal warrant at both locations.  The warrant is sealed, and a source said the investigation into these clinics will continue for months.

The agents went into the clinics at 48th and Main streets and Normandy Boulevard and Lane Avenue.  Both are now shut down, and patients are being turned away.

This afternoon, investigators pulled a U-Haul up to the Northside clinic and began loading evidence.  They also removed some filing cabinets from the office.

First Coast News has learned there have been at least a dozen such raids this morning in northeast Florida, and that Jacksonville is the focal point.

Patients in the clinic on the Northside this morning said the agents came in with guns drawn and made all the customers put their hands up.

They said nobody has been arrested, but the agents asked each patient for information about how they learned of the clinics, how long they have been coming there, etc.

The patients said the agents then basically told them to go home.

On July 29, on First Coast News at Noon, First Coast News reported two brothers ran the clinics, one a doctor and one a lawyer.

According to state records, the Main Street clinic is registered to a Dr. Donald Hall.  George Hall is the registered agent and incorporator of the Normandy Clinic. He was not involved in the day to day operations. According to records, Dr. Hall was an officer at both clinics. 

First Coast News later learned George Hall said Dr. Hall are not related.  George Hall said he has never met Dr. Hall, and he does not know who paid for the clinic's incorporation.

The federal investigation into who was involved with the clinics is ongoing.

Pain clinics have been in the news lately, and on July 19, five people were arrested in Kentucky after police said they drove to Jacksonville to get pills.

In May, we began reporting on pain clinics, whose numbers have grown in Jacksonville to at least 56 since authorities in south Florida began cracking down on them there.

"It's easy to come down here and get pills," one patient from out of state said then.

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