Florida Psychiatrist Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking

August 17, 2012
By Joel Voss  

Psychiatrist Jose Carlos Menendez-Campos

Tampa, Florida – The Florida Department of Health revoked the license of psychiatrist Jose Carlos Menendez-Campos yesterday based on his conviction of drug trafficking.

The DOH’s final order emphasized the fact that he used his medical license to commit the crimes.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said, “This illegal operation was responsible for distributing large quantities of prescription pills throughout western Florida…As we continue the battle against prescription drug abuse in Florida, it is important to remember that people’s lives are being destroyed by their addictions”.

Osceola County Sheriff, Bob Hansell, elaborated on Menendez-Campos and his accomplices, “Dr. Jose
Menendez-Campos was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for his involvement in an organized drug trafficking operation… Sheriff’s Office served the warrants and took into evidence 8 lbs. of marijuana, two firearms, one bullet proof vest and $10,000 cash. They also took into evidence hundreds of empty pill bottles and approximately 2,000 pills, of which 200 were Oxycodone, most of which listed Menendez-Campos as the doctor prescribing the drugs.”

According to court records, in addition to the 25 year prison sentence, Menendez-Campos has been fined $537,349.94. According to Florida law, the psychiatrist can’t re-apply for his medical license until the year 2054 – when he is 86 years old.

Joel Voss is a veteran investigator for the Citizens Commission on Human Rights of Tampa