Judge: Metairie doctor a danger to community

Doctor accused of threatening to murder federal agents detained

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A Metairie doctor accused of threatening to murder federal agents is being detained after a judge said he's a danger to the community.

FOX 8 obtained video that shows what looks like a raid by federal agents on Dr. Shannon Ceasar's home in New Orleans on July 22. Agents are wearing helmets and full body gear.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says the doctor was arrested for not only illegally dispensing drugs, but also for threatening to kill DEA agents and members of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said a large cache of weapons was seized from Ceasar's home.

"A lot of weapons," Polite said. "It was one of the reasons why - we had already received some preliminary photographs indicating that he was in possession of quite a number of weapons, and so when we saw these threats or heard these threats, we knew that we had to take them very seriously."

A federal judge said there is clear and convincing evidence that Ceasar is a danger to the community.

"They're not going to let him out right now," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti. "He's detained, so he made a very big mistake saying what he said."

During the investigation and with the help of a confidential source, the Feds said Ceasar was recorded saying: "God help them, I swear to God...I have a (expletive) arsenal in there enough to supply a small militia, you know I collect guns, I swear to God if they come in there with a warrant, I'm going to kill every single one of those (expletive)."

"This is very serious, you see, he threatened to kill a bunch of federal agents," Raspanti said. "That doesn't make them happy, and when that happens, you look at a lot of jail time.".

According to court documents, Ceasar would prescribe pain medications in exchange for money or sex, and did so with one person over the course of 10 years. The feds say that woman later died of an overdose.

We reached out to Ceasar's attorney, but he has not returned our request for comment.

On Tuesday, The Gulf South Physicians Group where Ceasar worked released a statement on its Facebook page. It reads in part: "In light of recent events, Gulf South Physicians Group would like to say that we do not condone the actions of Dr. Shannon Ceasar. Our job in medicine is to improve the wellness of our patients as a well as our community through healing and not through acts of violence or the encouragement of addiction."

It went on to say the group will be closing its doors to restructure the clinic and staff.

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