DEA, local police investigating South Whitley doctor

The office of Dr. James Hanus in South Whitley was the scene of a DEA investigation Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.
The office of Dr. James Hanus in South Whitley was the scene of a DEA investigation Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

SOUTH WHITLEY, Ind. (WANE) The Drug Enforcement Administration has closed a South Whitley doctor’s clinic and raided his home as part of a two-year-long investigation.

DEA agents conduct an investigation at the home of Dr. James Hanus north of South Whitley on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.
DEA agents conduct an investigation at the home of Dr. James Hanus north of South Whitley on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

Early Tuesday, NewsChannel 15 learned that federal agents were conducting some sort of investigating at the clinic and home of Dr. James Hanus. DEA agents were at the Dr. James Hanus Medical Clinic along East Columbia Street in South Whitley. At the same time, unmarked vehicles could be seen outside Hanus’ secluded State Road 5 home north of South Whitley.

A South Whitley Police officer was posted outside the clinic to tell patients the office was closed. A sign on the clinic’s door said the office would reopen Wednesday.

It would appear that will happen without Hanus.

The Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office said in a release later Tuesday that federal agents and state law enforcement agencies had been investigating Hanus for two years. After the raids – conducted by investigators and agents with the DEA’s Merrillville Resident Office and Fort Wayne Post of Duty along side the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office, the Whitley County Drug Task Force, Indiana State Police and the Indiana Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit – Hanus voluntarily surrendered his DEA registration, which prohibits him from prescribing or possessing controlled substances.

The office of Dr. James Hanus in South Whitley was the scene of a DEA investigation Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.
The office of Dr. James Hanus in South Whitley was the scene of a DEA investigation Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

The prosecutor’s release did not specify what Hanus was suspected of. The release said the investigation was ongoing and asked that anyone with information on the investigation call the DEA at (219) 644-3127 or the Whitley County Drug Task Force at (260) 244-6410.

A local resident told NewsChannel 15 that he was a patient of Hanus, and added that it “makes me sick” to think about the investigation.

Hanus had practiced with Parkview Physicians Group but was transitioned out ahead of his planned 2014 retirement.