The details of an FBI raid at the offices of a Whitehall for-profit, addiction-treatment center will not be made clear in the foreseeable future.
FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson said Oct. 20 that the search warrant FBI agents executed Oct. 18 at Braking Point Recovery Center, 4040 E. Broad St., will remain sealed and that no other information would be released soon.
In addition to the center's Whitehall offices, FBI agents also executed search warrants at Braking Point's Austintown offices in northeastern Ohio, and at the residence of Braking Point owner Ryan Sheridan in Leetonia, Anderson said.
"It's an ongoing investigation," Anderson said.
Whitehall police provided a security perimeter at the site Oct. 18 but had no involvement in the investigation or the execution of the search warrant, Whitehall police Deputy Chief Dan Kelso said Oct. 19.
Anderson said the warrant is sealed and the FBI would not elaborate on the investigation, which includes the Ohio Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ohio Pharmacy Board, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service.
The execution of the search warrant follows a ruling from the Trumbull County coroner that the July 9 death of Tom Dailey, co-owner of Braking Point's Whitehall center, was an accidental overdose.
The coroner found heroin, fentanyl and cocaine in Dailey's system, a staff member of the Trumbull County Coroner's Office said Oct. 20.
Braking Point's Whitehall center opened in January. Dailey, 46, the executive director of the center, spoke to ThisWeek Whitehall News in April about the center's effort to treat addicts.
"It's usually the consequences of their lifestyle that brings an addict to realize they need help," Dailey said in April while offering a tour of the facilities.
"We're another tool on the front line to fight the (opiate) epidemic," he said.
Dailey said the first center opened in 2015 near Youngstown, where heroin and related addictions are no less prevalent than in central Ohio.
For a second site, Dailey said he chose central Ohio.
"We knew that central Ohio was in a tremendous state of need for treatment beds ... (we are) doing our best to fill a void," he said.
Calls to Whitehall's Braking Point center Oct. 20 were answered by an automated system; a representative could not be reached for comment.