LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A doctor accused of pill pushing faced a federal judge after law enforcement officials raided his makeshift office in Logan County.
Dr. Fernando Gonzalez-Ramos was arrested Sunday and charged with conspiracy to deliver controlled substances.
What was happening inside a building along Route 10 in West Logan came as no surprise to those living nearby. Although the place had no running water or signs, there were somehow signals of when the doctor was in versus when the doctor was out.
We tried to press Gonzalez but he didn't say much. We asked if he could give an explanation to his patients.
"Yes, but when I talk to my attorney, though. They will be informed," Gonzalez said.
Pastor Scotty Dingess runs the church down the street and says he's seen those fighting addiction and describes the pill pipeline as powerful.
"It really breaks all of our heart to see that kind of damage in their lives and see that people would go that far," Scotty Dingess said. "It's pretty bad."
The church offers classes to curb addiction and wants more people to help those who are struggling.
Neighbors say they would see a packed parking lot at the doctor's office once -- sometimes twice a month. Otherwise, the former restaurant simply sat empty.
We found Gonzalez traveled from Texas to Logan. Government records show he was employed with the Veterans Affairs hospital in El Paso.
Now the community is hoping the supply for the cycle of abuse stops.
The U.S. Attorney is prepared to prosecute. Gonzalez was arraigned Monday afternoon in federal court. He's still in jail but did not want to speak with us.
If the prosecutor finds more evidence in the case, additional charges could be filed against the doctor.