Two people in Tucson have been arrested for performing breast augmentation and liposuction procedures without medical licenses — sending two women to hospitals after they became severely ill.
Gustavo Nuñez, 50, and Ilda Garcia, 39, were arrested Aug. 1 and face felony charges, including possession of dangerous drugs and practicing medicine without a license, said Ramona Sanchez, a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent.
The two were booked into the Pima County jail, and released on their own recognizance, Sanchez said.
The charges arise from a three-month investigation conducted by the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Squad, which includes officers from the Tucson Police Department and the South Tucson Police Department.
The investigation uncovered evidence that Nuñez performed illegal medical procedures at his clinic known as NuTec, located in an industrial warehouse building at 1656 N. 15th Ave.
The industrial area is north of West Speedway, and west of North Oracle Road.
On at least two separate occasions, Nuñez performed liposuction and breast augmentation procedures at his clinic on two women, said Sanchez.
Both women suffered severe complications following the procedures and later sought treatment at two hospitals, Sanchez said.
Nuñez also prescribed controlled substances to the women, which caused one patient to become unconscious for several hours.
Nuñez and his aide performed these medical practices and dispensed prescription drugs without a state medical license or a DEA registration.