One arrested, guns and controlled substances seized at Louisville dentist's office

Published: Aug. 16, 2018 at 9:14 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2018 at 10:54 AM EDT
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Louisville Dream Dentistry (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Louisville Dream Dentistry (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Thomas Tyre (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Dr. Thomas Tyre (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A dentist was arrested during a raid at his office on Thursday.

Driving by, it looks like just another place for root canals and fillings, but Thursday it was officers who were doing the cleaning.

"It was just very unusual," an LMPD Detective said.

The detective, who we are not naming, was one of the detectives who raided Louisville Dream Dentistry on Preston Highway at 11 a.m. Thursday.

She said the arrest took months.

"He would write a prescription for patients for a controlled substance and then direct them to bring it back to him," she said.

The sting was a joint operation by LMPD, Kentucky State Police and the DEA.

Police found not only illegal controlled substances but also several guns and tons of ammo at a place that's supposed to be all about your teeth. The drugs weren't even logged, or locked up, according to a police report.

The dentist, Thomas Tyre, was arrested. He is charged with unlawful distribution, administration and prescribing.

His prior arrest record looks clean, but his name did show up on another citation, which brings us to Katina Powell.

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Turns out, in May, Dr. Tyre accused her of stealing checks from his business -- the Louisville Dream Dentistry.

The total amount of those checks was $3,000. Powell is still going to court for that.

Tyre will have to go to court, too, as soon as he's arraigned on these charges.

"Grateful for locating these types of practices and being able to do something about it," the detective said. "It's very helpful when the public comes forward."

No injuries occurred during the incident.

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