2 arrested in Dearborn medical clinic raid identified

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Police gave the identities Friday of the two people they arrested in a Thursday raid on a medical clinic in Dearborn.

Zahra Zuhair Alwajed, 28, left, and Mohammad Derani, 67, were both arrested after the Michigan State Police conducted a search warrant on a doctor’s office in the city of Dearborn.

Both were formally charged with narcotics crimes Friday in the 19th District Court in Dearborn, according to Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw.

Dr. Mohammad Derani, 67, of West Bloomfield, has been charged with four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, police said. A judge set his bond at $250,000.

Police have raided a medical clinic in Dearborn, officials said.

Zahra Zuhair Alwajed, 28, of Detroit, was charged with four counts of the same crime as well as one count of being a habitual offender, according to officials. A judge set her bond at $25,000.

They are both scheduled to appear in court for a hearing next month, Shaw said

At about 9 a.m. Thursday, Michigan State Police, Dearborn Police and federal agents raided the Dearborn Medical Clinic at Greenfield and Warren where Derani and Alwajed work. Both were taken into custody.

Thursday afternoon, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced that it had suspended Derani's medical license.

According to a statement from the agency, data from the Michigan Automated Prescription System, the state's drug monitoring technology, found that "Derani ranked among the most prolific prescribers of controlled substances in Michigan in 2015 and 2016," and that he wrote "more than 43 controlled substance prescriptions" every day he worked between Jan. 1, 2015 and Monday, August 17.


Reforming MAPS was considered one of the major accomplishments of Gov. Rick Snyder's prescription drug and opioid abuse task force. Not only was the system's technology upgraded, but enforcement efforts using MAPS have also picked up.