Former Cambridge Surgeon Convicted on Federal Drug Charges
JUN 29 -- Boston, MA... A former Cambridge surgeon pleaded guilty today in federal court to methamphetamine and oxycodone distribution charges.
June Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Peter Zegarac, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Kenneth W. Kaiser, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New England, announced today that DAVID CARL ARNDT, age 44, of 26 Rutland Square, Boston, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to a nine-count Superseding Indictment charging ARNDT with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and seven counts of distribution of oxycodone. ARNDT, formerly a surgeon, had his license to practice medicine suspended in August 2002; the license expired in October of 2002.
At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that from at least April 2003 to August 2003, ARNDT conspired with others to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Additionally ARNDT distributed oxycodone on at least seven different occasions during the time period of October 10, 2001 to May 17, 2002.
ARNDT was arrested on June 2, 2004, in connection with these charges and has been in federal custody since that time. Judge Stearns scheduled sentencing for October 20, 2005 at 2:30 pm. ARNDT faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life, to be followed by 5 years to life of supervised release and a $4 million fine on both the conspiracy and the possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine charges. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $1 million fine on each of the seven counts of distribution of oxycodone charges.
ARNDT’s co-defendant, Donald Bing McGilvray, age 51, of Brighton, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty before Judge Stearns on April 6, 2005 to one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on September 7, 2005.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Massachusetts State Police and the Boston Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Lie in Sullivan’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.