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DEA inspecting Chargers, Padres prescription records

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - Drug enforcement agents are taking a closer look at the records of doctors who work with Chargers and Padres players. They made inspections Tuesday concerning prescription drugs.

Kevin Ellison was still a safety on the Chargers when police say they stopped his car and found 100 Vicodin pills inside. Now, five weeks later, the DEA visited offices of physicians affiliated with the Chargers and Padres and served 10 administrative inspection warrants.

"When a doctor prescribes controlled substances to an athlete, the doctor is required to keep a record of the names of the athlete, the type of controlled substance, the amount of the substance, and keep a record of the fact that it was dispensed. What the DEA is doing is looking to see if those records exist," News 8 Legal Analyst Paul Pfingst said.

The Chargers sent a statement to News 8 Tuesday saying, "The San Diego Chargers were made aware today of an administrative inspection by the drug enforcement administration and have fully cooperated. In regards to the ongoing investigation involving Kevin Ellison, the Vicodin in Kevin's possession was not provided by the Chargers, its physicians or anyone affiliated with the team."

The DEA isn't saying why doctors for the Padres were also targeted, but that team also released a statement Tuesday saying, "Earlier today, the San Diego Padres learned of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Padres are fully cooperating with the DEA and have been advised that none of our players is the subject of this investigation."

There is no reason to believe at this point that anyone on the Chargers or anybody on the Padres has done anything wrong. This is a type of investigational step that doesn't imply any wrongdoing," Pfingst said.

The DEA echoed that in a statement saying, "Currently, there are no administrative charges, criminal charges or indictments pending for any of the physicians or pharmacies where the warrants were served."

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