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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 1, 2019

After Five Days Of Trial, Doctor Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy To Manufacture, Distribute And Dispense And Possess With Intent To Distribute Controlled Substances

SAN JUAN, P.R. – After five days of jury trial, Dr. Guillermo Tirado-Menéndez entered a straight guilty plea to Count one - conspiracy to distribute and dispense at least 70,000 units of Oxycodone (Percocet) and at least 40,000 units of Alprazolam (Xanax) and Count three - possession with intent to dispense at least 70,000 units of Oxycodone (Percocet) and at least 40,000 units of Alprazolam (Xanax) outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. United States District Court Judge Francisco A. Besosa presided over the case.

Tirado would use his license to prescribe Percocet and Xanax to individuals who would come to his office seeking Percocet and Xanax without performing a medical examination. He commonly referred to his patients as “Los Cristianos” because they were methadone addicts seeking more drugs. He would typically charge $100 per script. With these convictions, this doctor will no longer be able to use his medical license and DEA controlled substances license to serve as a drug pusher. Both will be forfeited as a result of the conviction.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marc Chattah and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadia Y. Pineda. The defendant faces a term of imprisonment of up to 20 years, a fine not to exceed one million dollars and a term of supervised release of not less than three years. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 2, 2019.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
Prescription Drugs
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Updated February 1, 2019