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Man charged with running illegal dentist office
Mobile home in west Forsyth raided
Eli Jacob Sandoval-Rodas - photo by Submitted
Following a month-long investigation, authorities have arrested a man suspected of running a dental and medical clinic out of a mobile home in west Forsyth.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has charged Eli Jacob Sandoval-Rodas, 37, of 7050 Wills Road with one count each of practicing medicine without a license and practicing dentistry without a license, both of which are felonies.

He also faces misdemeanor charges of unlicensed practice of dental hygiene and possession of dangerous drugs.

Sandoval-Rodas was released Tuesday morning after posting $22,935 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

The suspect had been using a rented mobile home for five years as a clinic, sheriff’s Lt. Col. Gene Moss said.

A bedroom was converted into an office for treating patients and the living room was set up like a waiting room. Sandoval-Rodas also lived in the mobile home.

“We recovered a considerable amount of evidence to validate the charges,” Moss said.

The investigation revealed that Sandoval-Rodas was offering services such as teeth cleaning, fillings, extractions and crowns.

Authorities found a five-gallon gas can in the residence that was apparently used to make molds of teeth.

Moss said the suspect sent lab work to Guatemala, where he is originally from, for analysis.

Investigators said drugs found at the mobile home, such as local anesthetics and antibiotics, were apparently shipped from the Central American country and other states.

The suspect also had equipment and supplies sent to himself from Guatemala.

Sandoval-Rodas also allegedly provided contraceptive injections to female patients, Moss said.

Investigators said the mobile home was unsanitary, particularly the chair where patients were treated, and they found medical records of those who had used Sandoval-Rodas’s services.

Moss said authorities also found a “considerable amount of cash.”

The suspect’s landlord arrived during the investigation. Though authorities do not think he was involved with the clinic, he was arrested for driving without a license.