- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Federal agents looking for evidence of illegal drug distribution have seized patient records from the home office of a Bethesda physician, according to court records.

The doctor, Eric Greenberg, was acquitted Friday of cocaine possession charges in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration’s division that handles prescription drugs searched Dr. Greenberg’s home office on Oct. 14. In particular, investigators were looking for records of more than 150 specific, “cash-only” patients.

Besides medical records, agents seized bottles of AndroGel testosterone gel and wrappers from the painkiller Fentanyl. They also took hard drives, prescription forms and empty prescription vials.

Dr. Greenberg’s medical license has been suspended since his April 1 arrest on the cocaine charges.

Dr. Greenberg was first convicted of the cocaine charges in a July trial in district court. He appealed the conviction to circuit court, and a jury acquitted him Friday, his lawyer, James Papirmeister said.

Mr. Papirmeister cited problems with the police’s handling of evidence as a reason the jury found Dr. Greenberg not guilty. He also said he had little information about the October search.

“Maybe it’s part of grasping for straws and reaching when you’ve got absolutely nothing,” he said.

Dr. Greenberg has another trial coming up in January on charges of assaulting a police officer, which Mr. Papirmeister said his client denies doing.

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