San Jose-Area Children’s Doctor Indicted on Drug Charges

The former medical director of the Valley Health & Hospital System in Santa Clara, California has been arrested and charged with 18 drug-related felonies.

Dr Marvin Bonham & attorney

Dr Marvin Bonham & attorney in court

Doctor Marvin Bonham, age 61 of Los Gatos, is believed to have been writing bogus prescriptions for  OxyContin to drug dealers in exchange for cash and methamphetamine, according to police documents.

The district attorney’s office reports Bonham would customarily write  “substantial volume of prescriptions for narcotics and other painkillers” to more than two dozen individuals over a two-year period. At least half of the “patients” had criminal histories of drug abuse and drug sales.

According to Deputy District Attorney James Sibley, a Santa Clara county task force began investigating Bonham after unusual police reports involving the doctor, his car, his home and a storage facility started coming in.

Court records show that a search of Bonham’s home in Los Gatos revealed weapons, methamphetamine and ecstasy. Detectives uncovered a marijuana plant green room in a hidden area below the house.

“Substantial quantities” of drying marijuana were found hanging in the garage, and the home was littered with burnt foil and hollowed pens that appeared to have been used to smoke drugs.

His Felony charges include possession of methamphetamine and marijuana for sale; prescribing narcotics without legitimate medical purpose; prescribing to known drug addicts; and possession of psilocybin mushrooms and ecstasy.

Bonham has previously served in an administrative role as medical director of a county-run health care system that includes the public health and mental health departments and its parent hospital, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

He is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine.

Doctor Marvin Bonham was released on a $1,000,000 bond.

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