Anush Davtyan reportedly earned a 1986 medical degree from a Moscow university, but when she immigrated to Southern California she lived on government benefits and shoplifted.
You have to give Davtyan, who uses the first name “Lana,” credit: she eventually graduated from public assistance and petty thefts to . . . well . . . major crime.
According to a federal indictment, the immigrant became a serious drug dealer working in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
During the execution of a search warrant, federal agents found 1,116 Oxycodone pills in her bedroom, 2,669 pills wrapped in a white bag in the back seat of a Mercedes Benz parked in her garage as well as 4,928 additional pills in a pink container hidden in the vehicle's trunk.
According to federal law enforcement reports, Davtyan and her common-law husband, Armen Ayrapetyan, operated an illegal narcotics scheme that supplied street dealers and addicts with the powerful painkiller.
They also bribed pharmacists in Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley to honor fake prescriptions, federal agents claim.
In contrast, Davtyan's criminal defense lawyer described his client as a respected member of California's Armenian immigrant community and her young children labeled her an excellent, loving mother.
For the sake of the youngsters who want to be with their mother, a reduced punishment was appropriate, the defense argued.
But inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter saw a brazen drug dealer.
This month, Carter imposed a significant incarceration period for the defendant: 135 months.
Her accused accomplice, Ayrapetyan, fled to Russia and remains a fugitive, according to court records.
On orders by Carter, the 53-year-old criminal is presently locked inside the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.
Her scheduled return to society is set for the third year of President Hilary Clinton's second term in the White House: 2023.