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[WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman'
    #14806155 - 07/22/11 01:21 AM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman'
July 21, 2011 - seattlepi.com

Federal agents continue to investigate a Bellingham doctor and drug treatment provider linked to a New York man alleged to have provided an unorthodox – and, in the United States, illegal – addiction treatment.

In March, Drug Enforcement Administration agents investigating advocates of ibogaine – a hallucinogenic plant derivative sometimes used elsewhere to combat heroin and cocaine addiction – raided a Seattle hotel room and arrested Dimitri “Mobengo” Mugianis, self-described “shaman” and nationally known proponent of the drug living in New York.

According to recently unsealed court documents, the DEA had employed a heroin addict living in Bellingham after receiving a report that a doctor in that city was directing patients to Mugianis.

That doctor, a drug treatment counselor and a third man were each arrested in mid-March following a DEA sting operation targeting Mugianis, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court at Seattle. A public court record search showed that none has yet been charged in connection to the case.

Seattlepi.com generally does not name suspects until they have been charged; Mugianis had previously been named in other media following his arrest. State Health Department records show the Bellingham doctor remains licensed to practice medicine in the state.

Derived from the iboga plant native to Central Africa, ibogaine is used by treatment providers in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere to combat the effects of withdrawal. Proponents contend addicts can kick their addictions during days-long treatments with the controversial drug; it is also used in religious practices in Africa.

Ibogaine is illegal in the United States and cannot legally be prescribed. Speaking Thursday, a Federal Drug Administration spokeswoman said the agency is not currently considering modifying rules regulating ibogaine, and has not seriously debated doing so since the mid-1990s. 

In August, the DEA received a report that a Bellingham doctor and, investigators later came to believe, a drug treatment provider were referring heroin-addicted patients to Mugianis.

Writing the court, a DEA drug diversion investigator said the doctor referred the patient to the drug treatment counselor, who in turn connected the patient with Mugianis, described by the investigator as a self-styled “shaman.”

Speaking with investigators, the patient said the doctor claimed they shared a “spiritual connection” and that he had a solution for the patient’s heroin addiction. The patient went on to say that the doctor said he’d undergone ibogaine treatment personally and knew a “shaman” who would provide the treatment.

According to the search warrant affidavit, the patient said Mugianis planned to perform the treatment in a New York hotel room for $6,000. For three to five days, the patient would ingest the hallucinogen while going through heroin withdrawal.

“(The doctor) told the (informant) that ibogaine treatment was legal in Canada and Mexico but illegal in the United States and that (the informant) could not tell anyone,” the DEA investigator told the court.

The drug treatment provider helped make plans for the patient to travel to New York to meet with Mugianis and receive the unsanctioned treatment, according to the search warrant.

The patient told investigators the drug treatment provider was concerned she might be linked to the ibogaine treatment, and threatened to have the patient killed if word got out.

“If anybody asks if I had anything to do with setting up the ibogaine treatment, I will say no,” the drug treatment provider is alleged to have said.

“I will lie under oath and say that you asked me about ibogaine and that I gave you information. (The doctor) and Dimitri are my best friends, I will lie on the stand. … If you tell anyone, I know people and will have you killed.”

A heroin user of more than a year, the patient had planned to go forward with the treatment until Mugianis said he would leave the patient’s body behind in the hotel room if the patient died during treatment.

The informant, who was being paid by the DEA, reported the doctor had been prescribing him or her morphine, and that the drug treatment provider was angry when the informant declined treatment from Mugianis.

The informant contacted Mugianis directly in January through his Facebook page, while continuing to make plans through the drug treatment provider to receive ibogaine when Mugianis arrived in Seattle.

The drug treatment provider was recorded discussing plans for the meeting with Mugianis, and accepted a $200 payment from the patient for a referral, according to court papers. She was caught on tape detailing the ibogaine treatment.

“(The drug treatment provider) told the (informant) that the process would begin with them walking into the woods and Mugianis, ‘making offerings to the forest,’” the DEA investigator told the court. “Mugianis would then call on (the informant’s) ancestors and (the informant) would be bathed with leaves, painted in white paint representing semen and red paint representing blood, and wrapped in a white cloth.”

Mugianis later told the informant they would then go to a Homewood Suites hotel in Seattle and take a “purifying bath” before going to gather leaves at a forest or park, the investigator alleged. Throughout the treatment, the informant would receive ibogaine when he or she felt “dope sick.” 

DEA agents followed Mugianis when he arrived at SeaTac Airport on March 7, tailing him to the Homewood Suites hotel.

The following day, DEA agents served a search warrant on his hotel room and four locations in Bellingham related to the investigation. Among the items seized were several animal hides, ceremonial clothing and suspected iboga bark.

Speaking with investigators, a registered nurse working with Mugianis said Mugianis had provided ibogaine treatment to more than 400 people, according to search warrant documents.

The DEA investigator contended that the Bellingham drug treatment provider subsequently admitted the doctor sent her at least eight patients for ibogaine treatment. She also allegedly admitted to sending those patients to Mugianis for ibogaine.

“I only refer patients to Dimitri when all else fails,” she allegedly said. “(The informant) would have died.”

Pursuant to the search warrant, DEA investigators accessed three cellular phones and a computer seized from the Seattle hotel. Court documents show the doctor and drug treatment providers previously gave investigators access to their files and electronics.

Related Shroomery post: New York based ibogaine-therapy provider arrested in Seattle


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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: veggie]
    #14806366 - 07/22/11 02:12 AM (9 years, 9 months ago)

i see that the DEA is doing good work. We cannot let Heroin addicts overcome their addiction. We must do all we can do to stop them from becoming functional people in our society


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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: veggie]
    #14806380 - 07/22/11 02:17 AM (9 years, 9 months ago)

What a disgusting rat scumbag. Not as scummy as the DEA though. Those Christian cocksuckers are going to be waving up from hell someday.


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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: 5-HT2A]
    #14806403 - 07/22/11 02:23 AM (9 years, 9 months ago)

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5-HT2A said:
What a disgusting rat scumbag. Not as scummy as the DEA though. Those Christian cocksuckers are going to be waving up from hell someday.





Christian cocksuckers aye? doesn't make you much different than them if that's how you are going to group people.


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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: veggie]
    #14806456 - 07/22/11 02:35 AM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Wow, this story is extremely sad. I wonder how it will all pan out.

Is this the same shaman who was in the 2012: Time for Change movie? Or am I mixed up?


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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: veggie]
    #14806466 - 07/22/11 02:38 AM (9 years, 9 months ago)

This looks like a good documentary on Ibogaine that I just stumbled on...

Ibogaine : Rite Of Passage Documentary

Quote:

'Ibogaine : Rite Of Passage' is a revealing documentary produced and directed by Ben De Loenen about the most promising treatment modality for drug dependency available now, Ibogaine. It is the only substance we know, which is capable of blocking acute withdrawal in opioid addicts as well as cocaine and alcohol.

Daniel Pinchbeck refers to his evolutionary Iboga ritual experience with the Bwiti Tribe of Africa in his book '2012 The Return Of Quetzalcoatl' ...

Here is an excerpt ...


"At the beginning of the night-long ordeal, while the tribe drummed and sang around me, I saw, open-eyed, a golem-like figure made of rough tree branches sit down on a bench, cross his legs, and lean forward, observing me curiously. I was later told this was the spirit of Iboga, coming to meet me. Afterward, I watched Scrabble-like letters turn in the air to spell out a curious phrase : "Touchers Teach Too" - one of a series of hints that seemed vaguely prophetic. For much of the night I was taken on a detailed tour of my early life. Many reports of Iboga trips describe such a biographical survey, though nobody knows how a complex alkaloid molecule can unlock such deep doors in the psyche, or how neurochemical reactions can create the palpable sense I had - reported by others as well - of a presence guiding me through the process."

Although the FDA decided in 1993 that Ibogaine showed enough signs of being an effective tool in the treatment of addiction, money is the problem; this natural occurring molecule cannot be patented and is not a maintenance drug with addictive properties; reason for the pharmaceutical industry not to invest in its development... Educate yourself about this unique tool ! Our vision of saving the many lives of people with a chemical dependence is only as strong as the people who support us !




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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: Adamist]
    #14807271 - 07/22/11 09:31 AM (9 years, 9 months ago)

I think this guy did a talk at the Horizons Psychedelic Conference a few years back - I may have a copy of his speech on my computer at, I will check - if so, this guy is the real deal and seems to really want to help people in the way he found help - arresting him is not good for society - the man is actually trying to help clean up "our" mess...


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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: 5-HT2A]
    #14809861 - 07/22/11 06:53 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

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5-HT2A said:
Those Christian cocksuckers are going to be waving up from hell someday.




"...by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
--from Matt 7

BTW, there are lots of plants, in the Word, for anyone who cares to research it.

I understand that we are privileged for being able to do so.

As for the claims of the "shaman" --
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the patient said the doctor claimed they shared a “spiritual connection”



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If you tell anyone, I know people...





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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: durian_2008]
    #14810314 - 07/22/11 08:37 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

From what I understand, the drug treatment provider made those threats... not the shaman.


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    #14810713 - 07/22/11 10:13 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

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The patient told investigators the drug treatment provider was concerned she might be linked to the ibogaine treatment, and threatened to have the patient killed if word got out.




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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: Adamist]
    #14817849 - 07/24/11 03:24 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

Adamist said:
This looks like a good documentary on Ibogaine that I just stumbled on...

Ibogaine : Rite Of Passage Documentary

Quote:

'Ibogaine : Rite Of Passage' is a revealing documentary produced and directed by Ben De Loenen about the most promising treatment modality for drug dependency available now, Ibogaine. It is the only substance we know, which is capable of blocking acute withdrawal in opioid addicts as well as cocaine and alcohol.

Daniel Pinchbeck refers to his evolutionary Iboga ritual experience with the Bwiti Tribe of Africa in his book '2012 The Return Of Quetzalcoatl' ...

Here is an excerpt ...


"At the beginning of the night-long ordeal, while the tribe drummed and sang around me, I saw, open-eyed, a golem-like figure made of rough tree branches sit down on a bench, cross his legs, and lean forward, observing me curiously. I was later told this was the spirit of Iboga, coming to meet me. Afterward, I watched Scrabble-like letters turn in the air to spell out a curious phrase : "Touchers Teach Too" - one of a series of hints that seemed vaguely prophetic. For much of the night I was taken on a detailed tour of my early life. Many reports of Iboga trips describe such a biographical survey, though nobody knows how a complex alkaloid molecule can unlock such deep doors in the psyche, or how neurochemical reactions can create the palpable sense I had - reported by others as well - of a presence guiding me through the process."

Although the FDA decided in 1993 that Ibogaine showed enough signs of being an effective tool in the treatment of addiction, money is the problem; this natural occurring molecule cannot be patented and is not a maintenance drug with addictive properties; reason for the pharmaceutical industry not to invest in its development... Educate yourself about this unique tool ! Our vision of saving the many lives of people with a chemical dependence is only as strong as the people who support us !







I have seen and highly recommend this documentary.

FUCK the DEA. Clearly by this arrest they are showing they care only for the continuation of addiction not the end of it. Utterly disgusting...Scum these folks are.


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Re: [WA] Feds link Bellingham doctor to illegal drug via ‘shaman' [Re: ShroomDoom]
    #14818559 - 07/24/11 06:10 PM (9 years, 9 months ago)

What the fuck. This is the stupidest and most counterproductive drug bust I have ever heard or could even imagine.


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