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Aug 6, 2013 7:57 PM by Paul Birmingham

'Lipo tech' arrested for botched breast enlargements on Tucson women

TUCSON - The News 4 Tucson Investigators have learned new information regarding a three-month investigation by Tucson Police, South Tucson Police, and the D.E.A.

The investigation follows reports of cosmetic surgery being illegally done at a business in an industrial area on Tucson's west side.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators were the first to uncover shocking details about what victims, and Federal agents say was going on there. We brought you those exclusive details Monday night at 10:00.

Here's a look at the entrance to NuTec:

The reports first came to light back in April. Authorities say a Tucson man, who called himself a ‘liposuction technician,' was illegally performing procedures, including liposuction and breast augmentation.

Two Tucson women had to be rushed to the emergency room, after they started having severe complications following the procedures.

In court documents the News 4 Tucson Investigators uncovered, we learned that Gustavo Nunez told Federal agents back in May that he only did the procedures under a doctor's supervision in Mexico.

Agents say Nunez is not a doctor. The agents went on to tell a judge, they contacted that clinic in Mexico, and, doctors there said that have never employed Nunez, and the procedures, were, in fact, not performed in Mexico.

A look inside the room Nunez performed the operations:

The News 4 Tucson Investigators went to the business, located in this industrial area near Oracle and Drachman roads.

As our cameras rolled, we heard the door lock, preventing us from getting inside.

Agents tell the News 4 Tucson Investigators, they executed a search warrant at the business last week. They seized files, paperwork, and computers, plus syringes, and prescription drugs like Valium and Lidocaine. In all, agents seized three refrigerators filled with drugs. They even seized implants.

Possessing dangerous drugs were part of Nunez's charges:

Among the felony charges filed against Nunez, and his aid, Ilda Garcia: practicing medicine without a license and possession of a dangerous drug.

The DEA says this is still an ongoing investigation. They're now asking anyone with information to contact them at (520) 573-5500.

We'll continue to closely follow this investigation, and bring the latest as soon as we get it.

A look at the needles used on the two women who were sent to the emergency room after their botched operation:

And if you have something you'd like the News 4 Tucson Investigator to look into, email us, at


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