Two Charlotte doctors arrested for prescription drug trafficking

Patient speaks out against accused doctors
Dr. Benjamin Lanier Hobbs (Source: drhobbseyecarecenter.com)
Dr. Benjamin Lanier Hobbs (Source: drhobbseyecarecenter.com)
Dr. Samuel Ryan Hobbs (Source: drhobbseyecarecenter.com)
Dr. Samuel Ryan Hobbs (Source: drhobbseyecarecenter.com)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Two Charlotte doctors were arrested Tuesday after police say they were trafficking prescription drugs.

Dr. Benjamin Lanier Hobbs, 37, and Dr. Samuel Ryan Hobbs, 40, were arrested and charged with trafficking opiates, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, and larceny.

Both men work at Clear View Eye Care, OD, which has two separate locations in Matthews and Steele Creek.

Police say the investigation began after they received tips concerning suspicious prescriptions, which they say were being filled and returned to Ben Hobbs.

One victim told police that the doctors gave him a prescription for hydrocodone and asked him to return to the practice once it was filled.

When he went back to the office, the report states, a portion of the pills were taken from his prescription bottles. Detectives say the doctors "have prescribed a large amount of hydrocodone for patients."

On Friday, WBTV spoke to a former patient, who says Dr. Ben Hobbs did the same to him.

"He took the pill bottle to the back somewhere. He came back and said what I did was I disposed of 23 pills and I left you two pills and I broke them in half," Ed Vera said.

Vera claims Hobbs wrote him a personal check to cover the cost of the remaining pills.

On Tuesday, a search warrant was executed at the doctors' offices for records of identified and unknown victims. Arrest warrants were then obtained on both doctors.

The doctors were taken to police headquarters where they were interviewed before being arrested on the charges.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the case to call Crimestoppers at 704-334-1600. WBTV reached out to Ben and Sam Hobbs several times with no response.

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