Firefighter's arrest tied to doctor drug bust

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by Jayson Chesler

Video report by Kristine Harrington

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 4:05 PM

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix firefighter arrested with 20 pounds of marijuana appears to have been part of a larger drug investigation by the Attorney General and the DEA involving a doctor and the firefighter's brother.

Mitchell Austin Cole, the brother of recently arrested firefighter Cary Cole, allegedly changed medical records to justify the prescriptions Dr. Edward Sayegh was writing.

AZ Family Medicine, Sayegh's practice, was raided last week and Sayegh was arrested. Sayegh is accused of forgery, fraud, money laundering, theft and solicitation and administration of narcotics.

The agents that raided the practice left with practically everything Sayegh had in his office, including boxes of paperwork and medical materials, according to a witness.

This arrest was not the first time Sayegh has been in trouble for questionable practices. In May 2013, the Arizona Medical Board reprimanded Sayegh for prescribing opiates and methamphetamines to treat pain and ADHD in a family of four. On May 7, 2014, Sayegh was prohibited from prescribing or administering a controlled substance after he allegedly forged another doctor's name.

Now, on June 27, one day after his arrest, Sayegh's medical license was suspended.

Mitchell Cole's home was under surveillance as part of the investigation. The day after Sayegh's arrest, Cole was seen loading property into his truck and was picked up by police around the corner from his house.

Cary Cole, a Phoenix firefighter, was seen carrying large, black trash bags into his truck. When police stopped Cole, they found 20 pounds of marijuana.

The Attorney General's office has yet to comment, but court documents said that they will attempt to recover roughly $2 million from Sayegh.

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