The judge denied a request to set a bond and allow the doctor to be held on home-confinement in a South Hills home he owns at 1907 Clark Point Terrace. He will remain incarcerated until his sentencing in August.
The doctor requested to be allowed to be incarcerated in that home so he could have visits from his wife and three young children, who live in Texas. One of those children has special health needs, he said.
Copenhaver said he understood the needs of the children, who were separated from their father suddenly, but agreed with prosecutors that Gonzalez-Ramos had few real ties with West Virginia and was a flight risk.
Also, as part of the plea agreement, the doctor will relinquish his Drug Enforcement administration Certificate of registration that legally permits him to prescribe controlled substances and will not re-apply until after his probation is complete.
An undercover informant entered the suspected Logan pill mill on March 2 and paid $450 cash in exchange for a prescription for the painkiller hydrocodone.
Prior to obtaining the prescription, the individual had not been examined or questioned by anyone. That person received the prescription in less than three minutes, according to the prosecutor.
Gonzalez-Ramos was the primary care physician for the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in El Paso. He was licensed to practice medicine in West Virginia but the state Board of Medicine revokes that license upon a felony conviction.
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