Pair arrested for illegal medical clinic
HIALEAH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A pair accused of performing a medical procedure without a license have bonded out of jail.
Detectives raided a home on West 70th Street and 31st Avenue and discovered a phony medical clinic. Police found hundreds of needles, large quantities of medicine and vials, blank prescriptions, as well as bags if medical waste. "It looks like they were running a full-fledged operation out of their house, probably with lots of patients; probably been going on for a long time," said Hialeah Police Detective Carl Zogby.
Authorities arrested Samela Hernandez and her husband, Pedro Thursday morning. Witnesses said about 30 to 40 Hialeah Police officers shut down the street and surrounded the couple's home.
Investigators believe the couple performed buttocks injections with a chemical known to cause cancer.
A patient who was unhappy with the procedure she received at the home tipped detectives, and they proceeded to investigate the couple.
Diego Del Rio is shocked by the allegations against his neighbors. However, he said, people were always seen going in and out of the home. "I figured, they're a big family," said Del Rio. "I never would have suspected anything of it."
Samela and Pedro Hernandez face more than 200 charges, including practicing medicine without a license.
Detectives said three people have accused her of performing botched procedures.
If you have received a procedure at this residence, Hialeah Police are encouraging you to notify their department and speak to a detective.
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