A doctor in Arizona who allegedly pleaded guilty to conspiring to import fentanyl into the United States from Mexico is facing federal charges.
The Associated Press reported Friday that Dr. Anthony P. Garcia-Sanchez, 59, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to import a controlled substance, as well as one count each of attempting to import more than 10 kilograms of fentanyl and a synthetic drug.
The charges were announced Friday, after prosecutors said they were still working to determine if they will seek the death penalty against Garcia-Zavala.
The indictment was first reported by The Associated Statesman.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov. 10.
In court documents, prosecutors said Garcia-Araiza pleaded guilty “to his participation in a scheme to import and deliver fentanyl, fentanyl analogs and synthetic opioids, which he knew would be used by the Mexican drug cartels and other violent groups to further their criminal activities.”
The indictment also stated Garcia-Avaza “did not stop his scheme in the U.S. when he was apprehended,” according to court documents.
Prosecutors allege that Garcia-Arzaguala was “the chief recruiter for and distributor of fentanyl to Mexico.”
Prosecutors also said he sent the fentanyl and other drugs to the San Diego area.
In a written statement to the AP, U. S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Joon Kim said the federal investigation into Garcia-Mazda was ongoing and “is continuing to gather evidence and evidence evidence is being collected.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration said Garcia Mazda “is believed to be a key person in the conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in the United Stated.”
Garcia-Agueras criminal record The indictment said Garcia Garcia-Azala is the president of a nonprofit organization that provides services to the needy in the Mexican state of Michoacán.
The AP identified the nonprofit as Zemedica Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In an interview with the AP in 2013, Garcia-Garcia-Azaelas said he and his associates were part of a group of doctors who were hired by the group.
The group was headed by Dr. Pedro Zemaya, who died in October 2018.
The New York Times reported in August 2018 that Zemays father, Dr. Carlos Zemala, was found dead in his home in Mexico.
Garcia Mazadas attorney, Fernando Aguirre, told the AP the organization was not involved in the fentanyl-related deaths.
Garcia Azaelas LinkedIn page Garcia Mazada, who served in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Argentina, was the CEO of Zemedicas drugstore chain.
He served as president of the board from 2002 to 2005.
Garcia Zemera was a professor at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s College of Medicine, where he received degrees in medicine and economics, the AP reported.
He was also an honorary professor of pharmacology and a professor of medicine at the University of Guadalajara.
The organization’s website says Garcia Mazza “has been a world-renowned researcher in the area of pharmacological and pharmacological pharmacological chemistry, including pharmacokinetics, and was a member of the faculty at the university for 20 years.
Garcia Mázara is an active member of numerous scientific societies, including the World Medical Association, the International Society for Medical Pharmacology and the International Union of Biomedical Sciences.”
He was a former president of Mexico’s National Institute of Medicinal Chemistry and the president emeritus of Mexico City’s Universidad Autónomo de MéXico.
In May 2018, Garcia Mazaza was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Enrique Peña Nieto.
In 2016, he was appointed honorary president of Colombia’s National Academy of Sciences.
He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Juan Manuel Santos.
Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3.
His next court date is scheduled Feb. 12.