Grand jury indicts doctor on drug charges

ALBANY, Ga. -- Whether it is in a physician's office or on the street corner, drug dealers will be indicted and prosecuted, said Greg Edwards, district attorney for the Dougherty Judicial Circuit.

Edwards brought 35 counts of drug-related offenses against Robert Bruce Sperrazza, 57, an Albany physician, to the grand jury Wednesday.

"The grand jury indicted him on all the counts," Edwards said.

The charges include, but are not limited to, possession with intent to distribute drugs such as morphine, Demerol, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and other controlled substances, the indictment stated.

According to search warrants, Sperrazza kept drugs at his home in Leesburg as well as in his Albany office, a part of a chiropractic office in December 2008 when he was arrested. He was not allowed to keep and dispense controlled substances from those locations, the warrants also stated.

Sperrazza also used drugs such as Demerol without a prescription in a bank restroom, the warrants stated.

"While he was waiting for the teller to make the transaction he seemed 'fidgety' and impatient," the search warrant said. "Once he was finished with his transaction, he went and used the restroom. Once he came out, he seemed in a different mood."

Once Sperrazza left the bank, tellers found two empty ampoules of Demerol along with three syringes, the warrant added.

The search warrant also stated that Sperrazza used and stored drugs in his gold GMC Yukon while parking it in the doctor's parking lot at Palmyra Medical Center.

When the Yukon was searched, the warrant stated, police found drugs, a syringe and "receipts and or documents of illegal cash transactions from illegal prescriptions."

No trial date for Sperrazza has been set, Edwards said.