Boise Doctor Charged With Delivery of Controlled Substance

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A Boise doctor distributed prescription drugs outside the normal course of his professional duties and has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance. 

According to a press release by U.S. Attorney Wendy Olsen, Dr. Michael Minas, 49, of Boise, was arrested June 12 outside his Eagle medical practice for allegedly distributing diazepam, oxycodone (30mg) and Oxycontin (80mg) illegally. Oxycontin and oxycodone are Schedule II controlled substances; diazepam is a Schedule IV controlled substance. 

Minas made his first appearance at the federal courthouse in Boise before U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge Friday. The court released Minas until the trial, set for Tuesday, August 12, but he is prohibited from writing prescriptions or practicing medicine except to transfer patient records to other medical providers. Minas has also been ordered to relinquish any prescription pads and is subject to home detection and electronic monitoring. 

The charge of distributing a controlled substance are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $1 million.