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Santa Barbara Doctor Arrested On Charges Of Illegally Prescribing Mass Quanities Of Drugs

Posted on Thursday, January 5, 2012 2:32am

A Santa Barbara doctor has been arrested on federal drug trafficking charges, after federal prosecutors say he was improperly writing prescriptions for dangerous drugs which led to at least one death.

Julio Gabriel Diaz was arrested at his Goleta home yesterday by DEA investigators, and Santa Barbara police.

Federal prosecutors say the 63 year old doctor improperly wrote prescriptions for patients for painkillers like OxyContin, and Vicodin.

Cottage Hospital staff members wrote a number of formal complaints to the Medical Board of California, and one claimed Diaz was nicknamed “The Candy Man”  because he was a go-to man to get drugs.

The allegations include claims by two female Cottage patients they received drugs from Diaz in exchange for sexual favors.

He’s set to appear in federal court in Orange County this afternoon for arraignment.

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