DEA Arrests Doctor for Illegally Distributing and Dispensing
MAY 19 - SAN JUAN, P.R. - Today, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) arrested doctor Mohamed A. Zouairabani for unlawfully distributing and dispensing more than 1,020 tablets of Oxycodone, commonly known as Percocet; 83,200 tablets of Hydrocodone Bitartrate, also known as Percocet; and 172,688 tablets of Alprazolam, commonly known as Xanax; without a legitimate medical purpose and outside the scope of professional practice, announced Javier F. Peña, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Caribbean Division and Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. On Friday, May 15, 2009, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin found probable cause to issue search warrants to be executed at Farmacia Amadeo, Doctor William Matos-Martinez’ office and at the office of doctor Zouairabani.
Doctor Zouairabani practices medicine at Centro Clínico de Vega Alta. According to the investigation, doctor Zouairabani, had been purchasing large quantities of prescription drugs since 2006. At first, Zouairabani used to sell prescriptions, but since August 2007, he stopped selling prescriptions and was selling prescription drugs without medical exam or any legitimate medical purpose. Furthermore, on January 2009, Zouirabani asked an undercover agent to find a female to have sex with him in exchange for drugs, money or both.
“DEA will continue to strictly enforce the law provisions regarding the legitimate use of controlled substances for medical purposes. DEA will not tolerate that health professional’s risk the public safety by diverting these drugs to illegal markets” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña
“This case demonstrates the unwavering commitment of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to vigorously investigate and prosecute drug cases, regardless of whether the drugs are distributed at drug points or at doctors’ offices,” said United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.
If convicted, the defendants face up to no more than 20 years imprisonment, with fines of up to $1,000,000.00. The case was investigated by the DEA, with the collaboration of the Administración de Servicios de Salud Mental y Contra la Adicción (ASSMCA), the Puerto Rico Police Department and the San Juan Municipal Police. The prosecution of the case is assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Ernesto López-Soltero.
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