California Doctor Arrested for Allegedly Seeing Patients While on Drugs Had Shotgun and Used 'Drug Pipe' in Office, Police Say

A California doctor was arrested last week after police received a tip-off that he was under the influence of drugs while seeing patients, authorities said.

Dr. Keith Curtis, 52, was detained by officers from the Riverside Police Department on Febuary 20 after a narcotics unit obtained information he had used illegal substances during his job at a local family practice under the Raincross Medical Group, local news outlet KTLA reported.

Police did not say when the tip was received, but confirmed detectives confronted Curtis after he left his office last Thursday. Law enforcement noted detectives found three bags of what they believed was meth and weighed about 28 grams.

During a search of the doctor's office, investigators said they discovered a "used, illegal drug pipe and a shotgun."

An upper receiver of an AR-15-style rifle and gun ammunition was found in another office used by Curtis, the Riverside Police Department said in a release posted online.

In a search later conducted at the medical professional's home, detectives seized additional bags of suspected methamphetamine and a collection of firearms. And in a photograph of the weapons cache, shared on social media alongside the suspect's mugshot, multiple rifles, scopes, ammunition, and firearm components can be seen laid on a table.

Riverside Police said the doctor had "admitted to using illegal narcotics while conducting his medical practice" and was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

He was held on multiple charges, including possession of illegal narcotics, suspicion of being under influence of illegal narcotics, and being a prohibited person from owning or possessing firearms due to drug addiction. Curtis has since been released on a $10,000 bond, officials said.

LOCAL DOCTOR ARRESTED FOR DRUG AND WEAPONS VIOLATIONS Riverside, CA – The Riverside Police Department’s Narcotics Unit...

Posted by Riverside Police Department on Wednesday, February 26, 2020

An employee biography on the Raincross Medical Group website describes the suspect as being a "third generation native of Riverside, following in the footsteps of his father."

The staff profile reads, "His practice focuses on treating the whole family, from newborns to seniors. He is best known among 
his patients for giving them plenty of time to express their concerns, rather than rushing them through. 
His right hand man, Physician Assistant Chet Cartwright, has been with him for over 15 years and 
practices in the same style." He is one of the seven listed doctors.

On Facebook, under the police release, multiple commenters claiming to have been former patients of the California doctor said they had very positive experiences under his care.

In a statement, police said, "Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Asbury at (951) 353-7215 or, or Detective Mutuku at (951) 353-7219 or

"Those wishing to remain anonymous can email" offers 24/7 drug and alcohol help to anyone who is struggling with addiction. If you need to talk, the hotline can be reached via the phone number 1-844-289-0879.

Dr. Keith Curtis
Dr. Keith Curtis, 52, was detained by officers yesterday (Feb 20) after a narcotics unit obtained information he had used illegal substances during his job at a local family practice. Riverside Police Department