CA doctor to plead guilty in RX trafficking case

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California doctor linked to a dozen drug deaths is expected to plead guilty Thursday to illegally prescribing powerful painkillers to his patients who dubbed him "Candy Man."

Court documents show 64-year-old Julio Gabriel Diaz has agreed to plead guilty to 11 counts and faces up to 200 years in prison and up to $10 million in fines. A change of plea hearing is set for Thursday in Orange County.

Diaz was arrested at his home in Santa Barbara County two years ago and is accused of supplying prescription drugs to addicts and others who had no legitimate need for the narcotics.

Court records say a dozen deaths — 11 of which were overdoses — have been linked to Diaz, but he hasn't been charged in connection with the deaths.

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