Originally posted at 2:03 p.m. June 25, 2014. Edited with new details.
A Redondo Beach doctor and his office assistant pleaded not guilty today to charges that they sold prescription drugs to undercover police officers.
Dr. Gerard Geoffrey Goryl, who ran a medical clinic called A Better Weigh on Artesia Boulevard, is charged with nine felony counts. He faces charges of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance, sale/transportation/offer to sell a controlled substance, sale of a designated controlled substance and possession for sale of a controlled substance.
Goryl's office assistant, Wilfred Arvizo Jr., 66, is charged with six felony counts, including sale/transportation/offer to sell a controlled substance.
The criminal complaint alleges that Goryl, 58, and his assistant sold hydrocodone and Xanax to undercover officers from the Redondo Beach Police Department in April and May.
Prosecutors allege that the drugs were sold without any type of physical examination or medical need.
A date is scheduled to be set July 25 for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require Goryl and Arvizo to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, Goryl could face more than 11 years in local custody, while Arvizo would face up to nine years, according to the District Attorney's Office.
The case stemmed from an investigation by the Redondo Beach Police Department in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
--City News Service