Another arrested for fake injections


POSTED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 6:08pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:29am

The operator of the Bella Spa in McAllen is facing a charge of practicing medicine without a license.  Authorities arrested Elva Navarro after a former client said a phony botox injection landed the client in the hospital.  

"Our suspect injected one of our victims," Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said of Navarro. "Our victim became very ill, she had to be hospitalized, spend some like 17 days in intensive care."

The Hidalgo County Sheriff's office recently began focusing on the problem of unlicensed medicine. And the problem is much more widespread than previously thought.  

"If [other agencies] got serious, and they actually pursued this, I think we'd all be very surprised at the number of clandestine operations that are occurring," Treviño said. 

This is the third arrest into an investigation on phony botox injections.  They follow several arrests made for illegal dentist practices.  The sheriff said they're comng into the U.S. from Mexico to get away from the reach of the cartels.  

"We do have a lot of Mexican doctors, orthodontists and dentists," Treviño said. "They're trying to escape the Mexican violence... Mexican criminal organizations are requiring a weekly tax on them and they're losing a lot of money."

The Sheriff said the medical professionals are also leaving Mexico because the violence is keeping their clients out of the country.  

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