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Former dentist Salwan Wesam Adjaj also faces charges of COVID-19 relief fraud.

A 43-year-old West Linn man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday, July 13, to a charge of distributing controlled substances. The charge detailed the distribution of thousands of prescription drug pills as well as anabolic steroids.

Court documents from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon stated that Salwan Wesam Adjaj, a former dentist who practiced endodontics in Sherwood, Clackamas and Portland but had his license suspended by the Oregon Board of Dentistry in 2020, distributed an array of substances between March 2016 and August 2020. Those drugs included Tramadol, anabolic steroids, injectable testosterone, Phendimetrazine, Diazepam, Alprazolam (Xanax), Lorazepam, Carisoprodol (Soma), Zolpidem and Promethazine.

"Adjaj used his position as a dentist to obtain some of these drugs from a pharmaceutical manufacturer," a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office stated. "None of the drugs distributed by Adjaj were for a legitimate medical purpose."

Adjaj remains in custody while awaiting sentencing in October. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $500,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release.

In a separate case, Adjaj also faces charges of identity theft and wire fraud for allegedly using nearly $8 million in COVID-19 relief funds for his personal use.


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