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Police: Local Doctor Sold Vicodin, Norco to Undercover Detective Posing as Dealer

The Redondo Beach Police Department teamed up with Drug Enforcement Administration agents to investigate a medical clinic called A Better Weigh.

Dr. Gerard Goryl. Photo courtesy the Redondo Beach Police Department.
Dr. Gerard Goryl. Photo courtesy the Redondo Beach Police Department.

Two men who run a weight-loss clinic in Redondo Beach were arrested, police said today, under the suspicion of selling controlled substances to an undercover detective.

The Redondo Beach Police Department teamed up with Drug Enforcement Administration agents to investigate a business called A Better Weigh Medical Clinic, 2850 Artesia Blvd., according to an RBPD press release.  

Local police got a tip in March alleging that Dr. Gerard Goryl, 58, of Redondo Beach, was selling large amounts of Vicodin and Norco from his office, officials said.

“An undercover detective, posing as a drug dealer from out of state, entered the weight loss center and purchased several thousand dollars’ worth of Vicodin and Norco over the course of numerous visits,” said Sgt. Jon Naylor.

On Thursday, Goryl was arrested at the clinic, while his assistant, Wilfred Arvizo Jr., 66, of Manhattan Beach, was arrested at his Manhattan Beach home, officials said.

In April of 2008 Dr. Goryl received a public reprimand from the State Medical Board for failing to keep adequate medical patient records and for prescribing medication without sufficient examinations.

 The two men are scheduled to appear in South / West Superior Court, in the City of Torrance on July 16, 2014. 

Wolfman June 10, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Don't the paid $130,000 a year cops have anything better to do as Vicodin and Norco are legal drugs
ProfRdh1 July 12, 2014 at 01:14 AM
I've been a patient of Dr. Goryl's, and after surviving thyroid cancer with 2 cancer surgeries-this man helped me greatly improve my health, lower my cholesterol, triglycerides to say the least and I was prediabetic. I am now 25 lbs lighter and all my blood work is now normal and I am no longer pre diabetic according to my kaiser physicians. They were very happy with my results. I tried for years to lose weight, after the cancer I was at the end of my rope. Thank God I received the right help by Dr. Goryl with weight loss along with his eating routine and daily excercise. Without the help of this man I would of never gotten my health back alone. I am so thankful for Dr. Goryl. He pretty much saved my life. I truly can't believe this story is accurate. Something here seems very strange.

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