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Cops: Illegal dentist office uncovered in Norcross trailer

NORCROSS -- From the outside, the home at 2200 Willow Trail Parkway, lot No. C11, appears like any trailer -- wide front porch, "Beware of the Dog" sign, a brick-girded walkway.

It's what police allegedly found in a bedroom -- a full-fledged, unlicensed dental practice -- that qualifies it as illegal, if not wholly unusual.

An anonymous caller pointed Gwinnett police to the trailer on Friday, reporting that a resident was running a dentist office inside. A responding officer spoke with Maria Ramirez, 37, who denied knowledge of the practice at first, but then consented to a search of the home, a police report states.

Choking up, Ramirez told police, "I'll stop doing it." Asked to clarify, she said, "Working on teeth," the report states.

In the bedroom, police found a dental chair and lamp, a cache of anesthetics and antibiotics, and an assortment of dental pliers, mouth mirrors and other instruments. A narcotics unit is investigating where Ramirez acquired the drugs, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

"She likely had an ongoing plan to acquire what she needed," he said.

Ramirez told police she previously worked as a dental assistant at a Buford office. She was arrested and charged with practicing dentistry without a license. A native of Mexico, she's also being detained for federal immigration authorities, jail records show.

Underground dentistry practices are a means for operators to earn side income or to skirt licensing requirements. Law enforcement periodically find them across metro Atlanta, but in Gwinnett, Smith said they are "not very prevalent."

Legal dentists in Georgia must be licensed by the state's Board of Dentistry, which lists 5,500 active licensees across Georgia.

The board ensures that applicants for dentist licenses have "acceptable education, training and personal character to safely practice in Georgia," the board's Web site reads.

The Norcross seizure joins a handful of others across Gwinnett in recent years.

Last year, a 71-year-old Ukrainian expat was arrested after a 20-year-old patient grew suspicious and pointed police to a practice in the basement of the suspect's Sugar Hill home, authorities said.

Two other busts happened near Lawrenceville in 2007.

Maintenance crews investigating a water leak alerted police a fully functioning dentist office in an apartment on Sweetwater Road, were one man was arrested that May.

Four months later, narcotics investigators arrested a woman and three men at a home on Timbercrest Court, where they found two dental chairs, an X-ray machine, dentistry tools and 377 vials of anesthetics, police said.

More than 50 patients had received dental work at that home. As with the Norcross trailer, a tipster pointed police to it.

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rco1847 2 years ago

Getting information out of these people is like pulling teeth.

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rco1847 2 years ago

My dentist is robbing people left and right. When are they going to investigate that.

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John_Smith 2 years ago

By "robbing people" do you mean he charges people for his services?

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Braveshopr 2 years ago

"In the bedroom, police found a dental chair and lamp, a cache of anesthetics and antibiotics, and an assortment of dental pliers, mouth mirrors and other instruments. A narcotics unit is investigating where Ramirez acquired the drugs, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith. She likely had an ongoing plan to acquire what she needed," he said."

The tip of the proverbial iceberg.The new subculture that has arisen from the alien implosion lives a life we as citizens hardly grasp but (our government condones) until ONE in one millionth gets caught. They know how to use the system and scam it for every penny they can soak out of our coffers. They can purchase cars, houses, apartment buildings, and other expensive items paying cash and no one questions. Until our government stops giving them food stamps, free education for their 4.5 kids,(and so much more), and goes full throttle on what is and has been little more than lip service to the problem, we will continue to pay our police force and narcotics units for an an ever increasing rate of crime. It's all about the money. WE don't get it but our government does.

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notblind 2 years ago

Until the birthright citizenship clause is fixed we are powerless and the congress critters ain't even discussing the problem.

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news2me 2 years ago

"A native of Mexico, she's also being detained for federal immigration authorities, jail records show."

More proof that Illegals are not leaving the state of Georgia nor Gwinnett because of our immigration laws.

Because these incidents are very typical in Gwinnett, I use these examples to inform Illegal Alien lovers why we need to rid our country of this garbage and toughen standards for all immigrants entering our country.

The sad thing is this so-called Dentist is using her own people to make money and endangering their health.

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Braveshopr 2 years ago

The immigration laws are there to appease us, the angry voters, that's all the good they've done. Latinos are buying apartment complexes and renting to other Latinos that can't get into regular apartments. There is a way around everything.

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teelee 2 years ago

Can you blame them? Dental insurance sucks and hardly covers anything. With the 2012 Obama economy how can they afford a real dentist if they have a tooth ache? It's their mouth let them go where they want. Where do you draw the line? Trimming hair,toe nails, tattoos, piercings? These are desperate times and many Hispanics are treated like they are less than human by the system. People complain about the Hispanics getting free healthcare at hospital emergency rooms and now they complain because they are doing their own dental work. The police may want to go arrest my mother, she pulled out one of my teeth when I was seven.

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Braveshopr 2 years ago

I hardly doubt patients were going there for a toothache. When I see an illegal alien driving a Cadillac Escalade loaded up with boxes of food from a local food pantry, the picture is worth a thousand words.

Her patients were too cheap to pay for a real dentist. They're inured with getting everything on the cheap (or free). If she had names and addresses of her patients, I hope the police use it to their full advantage.

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Braveshopr 2 years ago

Brings an entirely new meaning to the old saw, "The Land of the Free".

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Sandykin 2 years ago

The title of this article is not politically correct. It should read "Cops: Undocumented dentist office uncovered in Norcross trailor".

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jack 2 years ago

Illegal illegal dentist?

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John_Smith 2 years ago

"Trailor" is now offensive to rednecks therefore we must refer to them as "Oversized mobile living quarters"

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John_Smith 2 years ago

Funny how she can afford all of that dental equipment and the time to set it up and work on people illegally yet becoming a citizen legally is too much trouble and too expensive.

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kevin 2 years ago

In Mexico it is legal to operate a business of almost any kind from your house. Guess she thought she was still there. I wonder what my neighbor down the street is doing with all the cars coming and going. When you call the police, they get tired of coming to check on calls. They feel they are wasting their time so they start ignoring your calls to investigate something suspicious.

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BuzzG 2 years ago

Mitt Romney says as President he will build a real fence on our southern border. Do I believe him? I don't know. But I do know that not only will Obama not build that fence, he will do everything in his power to see to it that illegal aliens will be made legal and allowed to vote.

Romney 2012

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Braveshopr 2 years ago

Like all other political animals, Romney will say exactly what his base wants him to say. He will not build a fence, (not unless the airline lobbyists give him something in return).

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