An unlicensed Anaheim doctor is to be arraigned today on federal charges that he trafficked in controlled prescription drugs while illegally practicing medicine.
Gerard F. Smith, 64, a cosmetic surgeon, was arrested Saturday morning in a restaurant across the street from his medical office at 710 S. Brookhurst St. Investigators from the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance and federal Drug Enforcement Administration took Smith into custody after a joint six-month investigation.
Smith allegedly used phony documents to order and receive 600,000 dosage units of controlled substances from various pharmaceutical drug companies between January, 1986, and July of this year, authorities said. The drugs allegedly included such common pharmaceuticals as Valium.
Smith, who faced similar charges four years ago that were dropped after the state revoked his medical license, has been held in the federal lockup at Terminal Island. A determination on bond is to be made in his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Ralph J. Geffen.