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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 9/5/2014 

 PCSO Undercover Narcotics Detectives Arrest Winter Haven M.D. for Conspiracy to Traffic in Hydrocodone 


 

On Thursday, September 4, 2014, PCSO undercover narcotics detectives arrested 61-year-old Gregory Gooden of 400 El Camino Dr #207 in Winter Haven, a licensed medical doctor, and charged him with five counts Obtaining Controlled Substance via Scheme (F-3) and five counts Conspiracy to Traffic in Hydrocodone (F-1). 

According to the affidavit, the investigation began in June 2014 when PCSO detectives learned Dr. Gooden was writing prescriptions for hydrocodone in exchange for Methamphetamine. Between February and June 2014, Dr. Gooden wrote five prescriptions to Dennis Holt, who exchanged Meth and/or money for the controlled substance. The prescriptions were for either 60 or 90 pills. Gooden did not conduct a medical history, a physical, or any other type of exam for treatment prior to writing the prescriptions for the controlled substance. Dennis told detectives he has personally observed Gooden writing prescriptions from within his (Gooden's) home, and he has personally observed Gooden injecting Meth.


Dr. Gooden has been a registered Medical Doctor in the state of Florida since August 1987, specializing in cardiology. Upon his arrest, Gooden told detectives he is no longer practicing.


Through their investigation, detectives made contact with another "patient" for whom Dr. Gooden prescribed Hydrocodone. On August 4, 2014, Dr. Gooden reported his car as stolen, and listed Michelle Gilbertson as a suspect. Michelle was subsequently arrested for the vehicle theft. On August 19th, detectives responded to the Polk County Jail to interview Michelle in reference to the controlled substance investigation. Michelle told detectives she and Dr. Gooden met through mutual friends. Michelle said that she didn't have medical insurance at the time, and one of her friends told her that Gooden would write her prescriptions. Gooden then friend-requested Michelle through Facebook, and she subsequently went to his home in Winter Haven to obtain a prescription for Hydrocodone. She paid $70.00 for the first prescription, but did not pay him any money for any subsequent prescriptions. Michelle told detectives she and Gooden would smoke "weed" and drink alcohol at his home. Gooden wrote three prescriptions for 20 count, 60 count, and 90 count Hydrocodone, to Michelle Gilbertson. 

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant and responded to Gooden's home in Winter Haven and placed him under arrest without incident. 

"This guy must have been high when he decided to write prescriptions, from his home, in exchange for Meth. He also smoked marijuana with one of his 'patients,' whom he later had arrested for stealing his car. You just can't make this stuff up." - Sheriff Grady Judd