NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A criminal complaint was unsealed Monday against a Metairie doctor accused of drug distribution and threatening to murder law enforcement agents, according to U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.
Shannon Christopher Ceasar, 43, who lives in New Orleans and practices with Gulf South Physicians Group on Houma Boulevard, was arrested Friday. According to court records, Ceasar illegally dispensed and conspired with others to illegally dispense controlled substances, including Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance. In addition, based on recorded telephone calls secured by law enforcement, CEASAR was charged with threatening to assault and/or murder federal law enforcement officers with the intent to interfere with their investigation or retaliate against them.
Polite's office released the following threats made against law enforcement officers and the medical board:
"God help them, I swear to god…I have a f*$&ing arsenal in there enough to supply a small militia, you know I collect guns, I swear to god if they come in there with a warrant I'm going to kill every single one of those sons of bitches."
"I am very serious…they won't even be able to have an open casket funeral. There will be nothing left above the adam's apple."
"And I'm not sure if the time comes if I'm going to do it right there in the clinic or if I'm going to somehow break into the DEA office in that building by the lake and just f*$&ing blow the place up but somehow a vast majority of the DEA agents in this area will lose their lives if they f*$& with me."
"Same thing goes for the medical board, that'll be even sweeter…they are downtown."
"…New Orleans will be all over the national news again because of me."
"What I'll do is make Baton Rouge look like a f*$&ing kindergarten."
Ceasar made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Daniel E. Knowles III on Friday. At a detention hearing held Monday before U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Karen Wells Roby, Ceasar.
"As alleged, rather than doing no harm as a physician, Shannon Ceasar illegally dispensed Oxycodone into a community struggling with an epidemic of opioid addiction," Polite said in a news release. "Then, when the governing medical board and law enforcement dared to challenge his criminality, Ceasar threatened to kill them. This level of disregard for human life, particularly from a physician, is absolutely despicable."
If convicted, Ceasar faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on the drug charges and 10 years in prison for threatening to murder a federal agent. He also faces a maximum fine of $250,000 and a term of supervised release for three years, following any term of imprisonment.