Alyssa Morin

Redondo doctor, assistant arrested for selling prescription drugs

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Dr. Gerard Goryl, 58, of Redondo Beach was arrested at A Better Way on Thursday.

Dr. Gerard Goryl, 58, of Redondo Beach was arrested at A Better Weigh on Thursday.

The doctor and founder of A Better Weigh weight loss clinic in Redondo Beach has been arrested, along with his assistant, on charges of selling large amounts of prescription drugs to an undercover detective, police said yesterday.

Gerard Goryl, 58, of Redondo Beach, was arrested on May 22 at A Better Weigh clinic. On the same day, his assistant, Wilfred Arvizo, Jr., 66, was arrested at his Manhattan Beach home.

After a receiving a tip from a citizen informant in March, the Redondo Beach Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency, began an undercover investigation into A Better Weigh.

“We received a tip from a citizen who believed Goryl and his assistant were selling Vicodin,” said RBPD Sgt. Jon Naylor. “When we began investigating we discovered that the DEA had received similar information from a different source, so we joined forces.”

The undercover detective posed as an out of state drug dealer and purchased several thousand dollars worth of Vicodin and Norco, both highly addictive prescription pain killers, over the course of several visits to the clinic.

Wilfred Arvizo, Jr., 66, was arrested in his Manhattan Beach home.

Wilfred Arvizo, Jr., 66, was arrested in his Manhattan Beach home.

“The detective never filled out paperwork or was given any medical exam,” Naylor said. “They knew he was planning on taking them out of state to sell. He went in with money and came out with drugs.”

Goryl and Arvizo have posted bail and are due in court on July 16 at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Torrance.

“The clinic has been around for several years,” Naylor said. “At some point the doctor got away from selling just weight loss medication.”

In April of 2008, Dr. Goryl received a public reprimand from the Medical Board of California for failing to keep adequate patient records and for prescribing medication without proper examinations. Sergeant Naylor said he does not believe either man has a prior criminal record.