Doctor Arrested at McCarran With Gun in Bag


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A Las Vegas physician is under investigation after being arrested at McCarran International Airport.

Dr. David Moon

Metro Police said Dr. David Moon not only had a gun in his carry-on bag, but large amounts of prescription medication.

Moon's arrest report explains that there is a growing trend within the medical community of prescriptions meant for one person ending up in someone else's hands.

Moon, 47, was arrested, but at this point, has not been charged criminally, as authorities investigate why his carry-on bag was packed with pills.

The travel trouble for Moon came a week ago Wednesday before he could ever get on his flight to Oklahoma.

"Some suspicious items were detected inside one of the bags," Metro Police officer Jose Hernandez said.

Moon's arrest report reveals that the doctor had an unregistered handgun in his carry-on bag, and what Metro describes as large quantities of prescription bottles and pills.

"There is an ongoing investigation regarding the purpose behind the possession of the medication--controlled medication--as well as the firearm itself," Hernandez said.

Moon is the founder and medical director at the Accelerated Rehabilitation and Pain Center on Buffalo Drive near Summerlin Parkway.

Some pills were prescribed to him, but he told officers the other medicine belonged to family members and former patients, and that he thought it was OK to distribute the expired drugs.

In his arrest report, officers noted Moon "appeared to be disheveled."

Moon said the medication was "to assist indigent persons in need" and denied he was directly involved in the sale or diversion of narcotics.

Moon was taken into custody and he was booked at Clark County Detention Center for one count of possession of unregistered firearm, and for two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sale," Hernandez said.

Moon is not the first doctor arrested on similar charges.

A year ago, Dr. Vinay Bararia was arrested for selling thousands of dollars of prescription drugs, some in the parking lot at Centennial Hills Hospital.

Moon said he often used the medication to treat inmates in Oklahoma. As for the gun, he said he forgot it was in his luggage and that he was going to get it registered that day.