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Texas NP pleads guilty to dispensing controlled substances in Carlsbad

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Sophia Ann Villalobos, 42, of Lubbock, Texas, pleaded guilty last week in federal court in Las Cruces to unlawfully dispensing controlled substances in Eddy County.

Under the terms of her plea agreement, Villalobos will be sentenced to a maximum of 12 months in prison.

Villalobos entered her guilty plea to a felony information on Jan. 9 that charged her with unlawfully dispensing a controlled substance, oxycodone hydrochloride, outside the usual course of medical practice and without any legitimate medical purpose. According to the information, Villalobos committed the crime April 21, 2015, in Eddy County.

According to court documents, in 2015, Villalobos was a licensed nurse practitioner with a medical practice in Carlsbad. In early 2015, she wrote prescriptions for controlled substances for an individual without a valid medical reason. More specifically, Villalobos admitted that on April 21, 2015, she issued a prescription to an individual for 120 tablets of 30mg oxycodone hydrochloride outside the usual course of medical practice and without any legitimate medical purpose.

On July 9, 2015, Villalobos surrendered her medical license and registration with the DEA, and is no longer authorized to dispense or prescribe controlled substances.

After entering the guilty plea, Villalobos was released under the supervision of U.S. Probation Services and other conditions of release pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the DEA, New Mexico State Police and the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force.

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