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Alleged AL pill mill doc's patients lined walls, sat on floor, U.S. attorney says

(Source: WSFA 12 News) Sanchez was taken into custody by DEA agents on Tuesday (Source: WSFA 12 News) Sanchez was taken into custody by DEA agents on Tuesday
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

An Alabama doctor has been indicted for allegedly operating a pill mill out of his practice in Montgomery, according to acting U.S. Attorney A. Clark Morris.

Dr. Gilberto Sanchez, 55, of Cecil, was indicted by a federal grand jury within the past week on charges of drug distribution. On Tuesday, a search and arrest warrant was served at his practice in the 4100 block of Atlanta Highway.

Numerous Drug Enforcement Agency agents wearing vests and tactical gear could be seen in the parking lot of the brick building. Additionally, Sanchez' home was searched for evidence.

The indictment says Sanchez operated a medical clinic created to dispense controlled substances, mainly opioids, inappropriately, unlawfully and for non-medical reasons.

"It was, obviously, a doctor who was overprescribing, or prescribing drugs that were not medically necessary," Morris said. "It's our understanding he had a lot of patients, a lotta lotta patients." She continued that those patients "were lining the walls and sitting on the floor."

If convicted, Morris said Sanchez faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count. He also faces substantial monetary penalties and restitution.

"We have a lot of documents to get through," Morris said of the coming prosecution, " a lot of patient records...so once we get through all that we can either get through all that, we can either get to a plea hearing or a trial setting." She said she expects the process to take several months.

According to the Alabama Licensure Commission, Sanchez's medical license was suspended for six months back in 2010 for being in violation of a previous order. Court documents indicate between August 2008 and January 2009, "Dr. Sanchez and/or physicians under his direction left signed, blank forms at Dr. Sanchez's clinics in Troy, Dothan, Andalusia, and Ozark." The documents indicate the forms were then filled out with specific patient information and based on the information medication was dispensed to the patients. 

Court documents also indicate that during the same time period Sanchez failed to register as a dispensing physician at his diet clinic in Dothan and he failed to register the Dothan clinic as a dispensing site.

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