Saturday, February 25, 2012

Local Dentist Allegedly Caught Doing Drugs Before Treating Patients « CBS Pittsburgh

Local Dentist Allegedly Caught Doing Drugs Before Treating Patients « CBS Pittsburgh

EDGEWOOD PA (KDKA) — The KDKA Investigators have uncovered charges against a local dentist.

Police arrested 52-year-old Dr. Anthony Monteleone on Wednesday in the back parking lot of his office.

They say he was caught snorting lines of suspected cocaine and then going inside Katsur Dental and Orthodontics in Edgewood to treat his patients.

Undercover agents grabbed Monteleone after they witnessed him using what appeared to be cocaine.

“There was a police officer observing what appeared to be drug use,” Edgewood Police Chief Robert Payne said. “It was outside the car.”

Chief Payne, who made the arrest, asked Dr. Monteleone if he had a problem. The doctor, according to the criminal complaint, admitted to using marijuana, Xanax and cocaine.

“He admitted using various drugs over a period of time,” Monteleone said.

Edgewood police acted immediately on a complaint filed Wednesday morning by a witness who alleged Dr. Monteleone was using cocaine and then going back to work on patients.

“We need to protect those people that are certainly patients coming over and expecting to get service from someone who isn’t impaired,” Payne said.

Police found Xanax and a small amount of Marijuana in Dr. Monteleone’s car.

“People are going to doctors and dentists and expecting to have someone work on them that isn’t under the influence of drugs or impaired in any fashion,” Payne said.

Monteleone is charged with possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct. KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin reports a check of Monteleone’s criminal history revealed prior drug charges, tax evasion charges and conspiracy charges.