Ohio Doctor Charged with Drug Trafficking and Related Violations
|U.S. Attorney’s Office June 25, 2009|
William J. Edwards, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, C. Frank Figliuzzi, Special Agent-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Anthony Marotta, Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), announced today that a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Narendra Kumar Agrawal, age 59, of Galion, Ohio with 202 counts of drug trafficking and related violations and seeking forfeiture of an amount in excess of $500,000.00.
Count 1 of the indictment charges Agrawal with engaging in a scheme whereby he did repeatedly, unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly dispense and distribute, and cause to be dispensed and distributed, a total of approximately 299,136 tablets of the Schedule II narcotic controlled substance oxycodone (primarily Percocet or a generic form thereof) to various individuals, outside the usual course of professional medical practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, in violation of federal drug laws.
Count 2 of the indictment charges Agrawal with engaging in a scheme whereby he did repeatedly, unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly dispense and distribute, and cause to be dispensed and distributed, a total of approximately 188,662 tablets of the Schedule III narcotic controlled substance hydrocodone (primarily Vicodin, Lortab, Loricet or a generic form thereof) to various individuals, outside the usual course of professional medical practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose, in violation of federal drug laws.
Count 3 of the indictment charges Agrawal with knowingly and intentionally opening, leasing, renting, using, or maintaining a building, room, enclosure, or other place, namely Rapid Response Medical Center, 815 Harding Way West, Galion, Ohio, for the purpose of unlawfully distributing a controlled substance by using this medical office to issue invalid and illegal prescriptions for Schedule II through IV controlled substances.
Counts 4 through 202 of the indictment charge Agrawal with individual illegal distributions of oxycodone (Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and alprazolam (Xanax).
The indictment also charges that an amount in excess of $500,000.00 is subject to forfeiture as either the proceeds of the charged criminal violations or as facilitating the charged criminal violations.
Agrawal, a medical doctor, maintained a medical office located in Galion, Ohio, between 2004 and 2008.
The investigative agencies and departments participating in this investigation are as follows: Mansfield Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); Cleveland Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Agency; Galion Police Department, Brian Satterfield, Chief; and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Ronny Shawber, Sheriff.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offenses and the characteristics of the violations. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The indictment was presented to the grand jury by Assistant United States Attorneys Rebecca Lutzko and James Morford.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.