Investigation Raises Questions About Local Pain Clinics
By Ben Hall
It's a business that sits in a small Murfreesboro strip mall.
Total Pain Solutions on Church Street opened earlier this year and quickly got the attention of police.
"This is a business that is on our radar screen," said police spokesman Kyle Evans.
In July, a neighboring business owner complained about possible drug exchanges in front of the clinic.
And in August, police cited a woman parked there for having pain pills without a prescription.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates spent weeks watching the Murfreesboro pain clinic and a sister clinic in Hendersonville.
Our investigation revealed that Zachary Rose has identified himself as the owner.
Rose owned two pain clinics in Jacksonville, Florida, that were at the center of a major drug trafficking investigation and were shut down by federal agents last year.
A federal search warrant obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigates, alleges doctors at Rose's Florida clinics illegally prescribed oxycodone.
One doctor who worked there has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing the pain medication.
Rose has not been charged, but the investigation is still open.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates went inside Total Pain Solutions looking for Rose.
"Is the owner here, Zachary Rose?" NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked.
A woman at the front desk answered, "No."
"Where is he?" NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked again.
The employee responded, "I don't know."
In fact, nobody inside the clinic was talking.
At one point all of the employees left the lobby, leaving behind several patients who never got out of their chairs.
A security guard came back and tried to cover our camera.
When we asked him not to touch our camera, he again left the lobby, leaving us there alone with the patients.
We finally left when the security guard came back and asked up to leave.
Even though no one at the clinic is talking, court documents reveal that Rose's Florida clinics were money making machines.
They saw more than 100 patients a day and banked more than $7 million in just about six months.
The Florida search warrant said Rose, 26, liked to flaunt his money.
Agents seized a $120,000 Mercedes Benz, a new Land Rover and a Lamborghini that he had recently purchased.
Rose is not a doctor, but Tennessee law does not require doctors to own pain clinics.
Rose's background includes construction work, and a drug conviction in 2005, for buying cocaine from a police officer.
During the weeks that we watched the Murfreesboro and Hendersonville clinics, NewsChannel 5 Investigates saw dozens of out of state cars.
Most of the cars had Kentucky plates.
Court documents detail how Rose's Florida clinics catered to out of state clients.
They describe how drug traffickers used SUV's even busses to bring patients to the clinics and then took some of the patient's pills as payment for the trip.
Those same documents describe how Rose's Florida clinics hired security guards to keep order in the parking lots and to keep down complaints from neighboring businesses.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates noticed security guards at both clinics here. The guards directed traffic and ordered some cars to leave.
And finally, the court documents describe how illegitimate clinics in Florida have tried to conceal the vast quantities of cash flowing through their businesses.
In Murfreesboro, NewsChannel 5 Investigates followed three Kentucky residents, who were patients of Total Pain Solutions, as they went to a nearby post office, got money orders for $1,000 and returned to the clinic.
Murfreesboro police said they are keeping a close eye on the clinic, but it remains open.
Despite our attempts no one at the clinic is talking.
"Can you tell what kind of operation this is?" NewsChannel 5 Investigates asked while leaving the clinic.
All that followed the question was the sound of the clinic door closing.