UPDATE: Court Documents Released in Felony Drug Charge Case Against Health Administrator

By: Sylvia Ramirez - Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:52:45 -0800

 LOS GATOS (KRON) -- Documents in the felony
complaint filed against a top health administrator reveal that he allegedly gave minors as young as 14 marijuana, a computer he owned contained child pornography and other details being investigated by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office, according to  court files released by the Superior Court of California.
 
Dr. Marvin Bonham, the medical director of the Valley Health Plan, Health and Hospital System of Santa Clara County, allegedly wrote more than half of his prescriptions for county residents who had criminal drug histories; offered to give minors methamphetamines; and gave them marijuana.

The case against Bonham is the result of a multi-agency probe, spearheaded by the Attorney General’s Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team (SCCSET), entitled “Operation Oxy Exchange.”

The 61-year-old Los Gatos resident is being charged with:  Possession of methamphetamine for sale, prescribing without legitimate medical purpose, prescribing to addicts, possession of psilocybin mushrooms, possession of ecstasy and possession of marijuana for sale. He is out of custody on $1 million bail. If convicted, Dr. Bonham faces up to 25 years in prison.
 
Supervising Deputy District Attorney James Sibley said, “Doctors are supposed to care for the health of their patients, not to recklessly give them access to powerful, addictive drugs.”

SCCSET agents, following up on a number of unusual drug-related police reports revolving around Dr. Bonham, his vehicle, storage facility, and home, reviewed the state controlled substances database - CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization and Review System.)

These reports showed that Dr. Bonham, a pediatrician whose position at Valley Health Plan was purely administrative, wrote a substantial number of prescriptions for major drugs of abuse to 29 different adults in less than two years. More than half of these people had criminal histories, with ten having records of arrests for drug use and sales.

A law enforcement search discovered weapons, sales quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, and ecstasy, as well as a marijuana grow room in the crawl space under Bonham’s hillside estate. Substantial quantities of drying marijuana hung in the garage and the home was littered with burnt foil and hollowed pens that appeared to have been used to smoke drugs.

Also charged with three drug-related felonies was Bonham’s roommate James Schneider, 32.
 
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