Agents charge Cumberland doctor with cocaine possession

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CUMBERLAND — A podiatrist was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 17, by drug enforcement agents on a charge of possessing cocaine.

Dr. John B. Perry, 49, was arrested by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents in his car near his 365 Main St. home. He was also charged with violating bail conditions from an April charge of operating under the influence, according to Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.

Perry, who pleaded not guilty to the cocaine charge, paid $2,000 cash bail – $1,000 for each charge – on Nov. 19 and was released from Cumberland County Jail.

Agents allegedly found a gram of cocaine on Perry when they arrested him, and his car and house were searched by state drug agents. Federal drug enforcement agents also assisted in the investigation and searched Perry’s office at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Center at 1711 Congress St. in Portland.

A Nov. 17 affidavit filed at Cumberland County Superior Court by Maine Drug Enforcement Agent Philip Robinson said the search of Perry’s home uncovered alcohol, cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

Agents saw Perry leave his home in his car at 7:15 a.m., according to the report. He was stopped on Greely Road and, under conditions of his prior release, was searched.

The search of Perry’s home began around 8:17 a.m., the report said, and “several items of interest” to a U.S. attorney’s office investigation were found. Agents also allegedly found a marijuana pipe.

Robinson said the vehicle search produced “a note pad with suspected drugs notes, a blank prescription sheet and business documents pertaining to the Dreamers Cabaret gentleman’s club in Westbrook.”

Thomas Hallett, an attorney for Perry, declined to comment on the case on Monday, but did say Perry is due to appear in court in February. A call was placed to Atlantic Foot & Ankle Center, but Perry could not be reached by press time.

Perry was disciplined in 2003 by the Maine Board of Licensure of Podiatric Medicine. According to a consent agreement, Perry admitted that he violated the “standards for appropriate professionalism in doctor-patient relationships” in a 2001 phone conversation.

His discipline included completing a medical education course in ethics and maintaining a log of all narcotic prescriptions of at least 20 tablets that he prescribed to patients. Perry had to submit the log to the board on a quarterly basis for a year.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.