According to the federal indictment, Sonny Oparah, 75, wrote more than 13,000 prescriptions for controlled substances with no medical purpose. Edgar Ridgill, who also has an office in Lynwood, is accused of writing more than 21,000 illegal prescriptions.
The pair was arrested as part of a gang task force action in Torrance that targeted the East Coast Crips. Investigators discovered that Oparah and Ridgill were the source of a “large-scale” prescription racket, and provided controlled substances to gang members and their associates. Ridgill wrote prescriptions for gang members between 2011 and 2014. Oparah wrote prescriptions between 2014 and 2015.
A multi-agency task force comprised of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the IRS, the California State Medical Board, the Los Angeles High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Torrance Police Department, investigated the doctors’ prescription operation.
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