UPDATE, OCT. 6, 11:31 P.M.: A Newport Coast doctor, who sold drugs to “street-level dealers” for cash, will spend the next seven years in federal prison.
“Doctor Al Bussam operated what was essentially a wholesale narcotics store hidden under the cloak of a medical clinic,” said André Birotte Jr., U.S. Attorney for California's central district. “Al Bussam knowingly gave narcotics to drug addicts and sold to street-level dealers who are spreading diverted pharmaceuticals — and the pain of drug dependancy — across this country.”
On numerous occasions Al Bussam wrote
prescriptions for undercover agents. During a specific incident detailed
in a federal indictment, an undercover agent told the doctor he planned
to use the drug recreationally and Al Bussam still wrote him a
prescription for oxycodone. Police in both California and Texas arrested
people who got drugs with Al Bussam's prescriptions and then resold
them, the article says.
Now, nobody should be surprised that dabbling in drug circles is a lucrative business, but just how lucrative was it for the doc? Well, prosecutors say he was raking in at least $100,0000 every month in recent years by trading cash for sketchy prescriptions, Irving writes.