Nfld. & Labrador

MD's arrest in motorcycle gang bust drags notorious St. John's address back into the headlines

One of the people scooped up in police raids on Wednesday is a physician who practices at the same downtown St. John's address as another doctor who was sent to prison in another drug bust a decade ago.

Dr. Brendan Hollohan has voluntarily stopped practicing

Brendan Hollohan, a physician who practices in St. John's, has been charged with participating in a criminal organization as well as trafficking oxycodone. (CBC)

One of the people scooped up in police raids on Wednesday is a physician who practices at the same downtown St. John's address as another doctor who was sent to prison in another drug bust a decade ago.

 Dr. Brendan Hollohan, 57, appeared in court Thursday on two charges. He's accused of participating in the activities of a criminal organization and trafficking oxycodone. Police say Hollohan is an associate of the Vikings Motorcycle Club.

Hollohan has complied with a request from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador to withdraw from practice.

The College made the request based on criminal charges laid against Hollohan.

"The College believes that it is in the public interest that Dr. Hollohan not treat patients while facing criminal charges," said Dr. Linda Inkpen, registrar of the college in an email statement.

Inkpen said that while the charges against Hollohan have not been proven, they are serious enough to warrant asking him to withdraw from practice.

He was released on $25,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court in November.

Hollohan is a general practitioner who graduated from Memorial University's medical school in 1992. He lives in Paradise but practices at 80 Queen's Road — the same location that Dr. Sean Buckingham practiced before he was arrested in 2005.

A sign posted at the medical clinic at 80 Queen's Road apologizes for the clinic's closure on Thursday. Dr. Brendan Hollohan was in court in St. John's on Thursday. (Mark Quinn/CBC)

Drugs-for-sex MD

Dr. Sean Buckingham was arrested and accused of trading drugs for sex in 2005. He was sent to prison for seven years on four counts of sexual assault and six drug trafficking charges in 2008.
Sean Buckingham lost his licence to practice medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010. (CBC)

During his trial, female patients testified that he demanded sex in return for drugs such as Oxycontin. One woman said Buckingham tied her naked to a tree and beat her with a branch.

Five years after his arrest, the College Of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador suspended Buckingham's medical licence indefinitely and struck his name from the province's medical register.

Murder scene two decades ago

80 Queen's Road is also the address where career criminal Derek Druken was shot dead 20 years ago.
Jody Druken pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the 1996 shooting death of his brother, Derek Druken. (CBC)

Druken, 33, was shot in twice in the upper body on Nov. 20, 1996 in the parking lot of the former Theatre Pharmacy.

In 2005, his brother Jody Druken was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 12 years in prison for Derek Druken's shooting death.