The Investigators

Aug 8, 2013 12:03 PM by Paul Birmingham

New victims of Tucson's fake 'lipo' doc

TUCSON - New details now in the investigation into what federal agents call an illegal cosmeticsurgery clinic in an industrial area near Oracle and Drachman roads.

[Click here to read the original report on self-proclaimed 'lipo technician' Gustavo Nuñez]

it's a case the news 4 Tucson Investigators have been closely following.

A woman, who we'll call "Brianna" first met Gustavo Nuñez when he was working at another Tucson clinic about a year ago.

"It was just more shocking then anything. I kind of felt like there was something wrong there. That he shouldn't be doing those procedures. But, they convinced me that they had a doctor in the facility, in the room during the procedures."

She tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, Nuñez only performed Botox and filler injections on her, even though the business was pushing for her to have Nuñez perform cosmetic surgery.

"I considered it for a second maybe, but, I kind of decided no, I'll just, if I need anything done I'll go to a plastic surgeon."

Two women ended up in the emergency room, after agents say Nuñez botched their liposuction and breast augmentation procedures. They suffered severe complications including infections.

DEA Special Agent In-Charge Doug Coleman tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, agents have been working hard to learn exactly where Nuñez was able to get drugs like Valium, and Lidocaine.

"We're searching right now, and background checking, and trying to find out, and tracking where all the different narcotics, and prescription drugs came from. Some we know came from Mexico, some are from the U.S., some are from other countries as well"

Coleman tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, some of Nuñez's victims have already come forward following our report earlier this week.

Brianna says she's hoping more will do the same.

"I think that they should come forward and go to the dea, and just come forward, talk to the police."

Nuñez and his aide, Ilda Garcia are now facing felony charges, including practicing medicine without a license, and possession of dangerous drugs.

"We consider this a great victory for us, in not only the fact that we're putting what we consider a drug dealer out of business, but we're also putting a person out of business who was conducting unauthorized and illegal medical procedures that could potentially cost people their lives, we're putting him out of business as well. so, it's a great day for us."

Brianna adds, "He was doing something he shouldn't have done it, and, there are consequences for his actions, so he needs to take responsibility for what he did."

Both Nuñez and Garcia have since been released from custody.

The News 4 Tucson Investigators will continue to closely follow developments in the case, and we'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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