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Pamplin Media Group – West Linn man pleads guilty to distributing prescription drugs and steroids

Former dentist Salwan Wesam Adjaj is also facing COVID-19 relief fraud charges.

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 said Salwan Wesam Adjaj, a former dentist who practiced endodontics in Sherwood, Clackamas and Portland, but whose license was suspended by the board of dentistry in Oregon in 2020, distributed an array of substances between March 2016 and August 2020. These 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 said. “None of the drugs distributed by Adjaj were for legitimate medical purposes.”

Adjaj remains in detention pending sentencing in October. According to the US Attorney’s Office, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $500,000 and up to three years of probation.

In a separate case, Adjaj is also facing 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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Joan J. Dean

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