Colusa doctor, son charged in drug trafficking
A Colusa County doctor and his son were arraigned Wednesday in federal court on charges they supplied drug dealers and had an arsenal in their Princeton home.
Federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against Dr. Andrew Larsen and his son, Cameron.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney ordered both men freed on $50,000 unsecured bond.
Their next court date in Sacramento is Dec. 24.
Federal agents searched Andrew Larsen's Colusa office on Market Street and his Dodge Road home last month after noting the excessively high number of prescriptions he wrote for controlled substances between August 2012 and August of this year.
According to an affidavit from a Drug Enforcement Administration investigator, Larsen wrote about 5,400 prescriptions for more than 1 million total dosage units.
Almost 98 percent of the prescriptions were for Schedule 2 or 3 narcotics: oxycodone, hydromorphone, methadone, hydrocodone and morphine.
"Larsen prescribes controlled substances (narcotic painkillers) to drug dealers and excessive quantities to out-of-state and local patients," according to the affidavit.
During the search of the Dodge Road home, investigators found two safes with multiple firearms, marijuana, unknown pills and money wrapped in multiple bundles, the affidavit said.
The drug stash totaled 21,648 grams of pot, 227 grams of hashish, and about 2,000 dosage units of drugs, the affidavit said.
The Nov. 14 search came one day before the state Medical Board announced its decision to discipline Larsen, including placing him on probation for five years and suspending him from the practice of medicine for 30 days.
The board in 2012 accused Larsen, who has had a California medical license since 1985, of gross negligence, negligent acts and failure to keep proper records in a 15-cause complaint. Most of the cases involved patients who were prescribed a high number of opiates and other drugs.
In its decision, the Medical Board limited Larsen's ability to prescribe certain drugs and ordered him to take a prescribing practices course.
He also was ordered to participate in an ethics course.