Russian doctor wanted for illegal distribution of drugs in Charleston arrested

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – A Russian doctor wanted for alleged fraudulent distributing drugs in Charleston has been arrested by international police and extradited back to the United States.

Dr. Alexander Vladimirovich Otellin, a 54-year-old doctor who previously worked in Charleston, was arrested in Armenia earlier this week.

He was wanted for his alleged participation in a nationwide investigation into the illegal distribution of controlled drugs, resulting in a loss of 1.4 billion dollars.

Authorities say Otellin gave out Adderall and Xanax over a six-month period. They say he fled the country for Russia to avoid prosecution.

He was arrested after INTERPOL issued a red notice for his arrest, naming him as a person wanted for extradition. Armenian authorities detained him after he crossed the border. He was extradited back to West Virginia and arrived at Yeager International Airport in Charleston on April 20.

He’s currently being held without bond in Southern Central Regional Jail.

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