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Judge: Silk Road doctor has drug abuse problem

DOVER, Del. — A Delaware doctor charged with illegally selling drugs on the underground website Silk Road has a serious drug habit herself, according to a federal judge who has ordered the physician to remain in custody.

In a detention order directing gynecologist Dr. Olivia Bolles be held pending trial, Magistrate Judge Sherry Fallon noted that Bolles reported using two bags of heroin daily for the past six months. Bolles, 32, also reportedly admitting smoking marijuana daily and using cocaine weekly.

The detention order was signed Friday, the day after a federal grand jury in Wilmington handed down an indictment in the case.

“The drug habit of the defendant coupled with her access to drugs as a physician renders her a danger to the community,” Fallon wrote in rejecting a defense request that Bolles be allowed to stay with an uncle in Iowa. “She cannot demonstrate good judgment or self control given her drug motivated lifestyle.”

In deciding against pretrial release, Fallon also noted that Bolles faces a possible 20-year prison sentence if convicted of distributing a controlled substance, and that she had confessed to conduct described in the criminal complaint.

The detention order also indicates that Bolles attempted suicide at age 13, was hospitalized for depression when she was 16, and takes prescription drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She lived in foster care between the ages of 16 and 18 because of alleged abuse while living with her parents, according to court documents.

Bolles and her life partner and fellow gynecologist, Dr. Alexandra Gold, were arrested near their Newark home last month after federal undercover agents in Florida tracked shipments of drugs bought on the Silk Road website to Delaware.

According to court documents, Bolles will be transferred to Florida to face prosecution there.

Gold, 31, was charged in federal court in Delaware with conspiracy after allegedly telling investigators she helped Bolles package drugs for shipment. She was released on $50,000 bond.

Gold has been suspended from her post as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s medical school in Baltimore, and her prescription writing privileges in Delaware also have been suspended. Bolles’ pending application for a controlled substance registration in Delaware has been put on hold.

But the medical licenses for both doctors are still considered active, with no limitations or restrictions and no history of disciplinary actions against them, according to state government websites in Delaware and Maryland.

Officials with the Delaware Department of State, which oversees the Division of Professional Regulation, said investigations of Bolles and Gold have been completed and forwarded to the Attorney General’s office.

“Their medical licenses appear as active on the website because no further action can happen until the AG determines how to proceed with the cases,” Department of State spokeswoman Tamara Stock said in an e-mail.

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