Las Vegas physician indicted on drug charges – Las Vegas Review-Journal

A Las Vegas physician has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of unlawfully prescribing large quantities of oxycodone and other addictive prescription drugs.

Victor Bruce, 48, was arrested Friday morning on a single count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

He was to make an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koppe on Friday afternoon.

“Our office will continue working aggressively with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to attack the growing problem of prescription drug abuse,” Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said in announcing the indictment.

“Our federal and local law enforcement partners will continue to prioritize these unlawful prescription drug distribution cases and continue working to shut down dangerous unlawful ‘pill mill’ operations.”

According to the indictment, Bruce represented himself to be a specialist in pain management. He maintained a licensed medical practice at Swan Lake Medical Center, 3330 S. Hualapai Way

Bruce is alleged to have prescribed large quantities of oxycodone and other addictive prescription drugs this year without medical necessity and knowing the drugs would be illegally diverted.

He conspired with local drug dealers to distribute the painkillers in Las Vegas to customers who abused them, prosecutors allege.

If convicted, Bruce faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact reporter Jeff German at [email protected] or 702-380-8135. Follow him on Twitter @JGermanRJ.

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Las Vegas physician indicted on drug charges – Las Vegas Review-Journal

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