HARRISBURG, Pa., May 11 (AP) — A Mexican doctor surgically removed drug traffickers’ fingerprints, substituting skin from the soles of their feet, to help the traffickers avoid arrest, the authorities said Friday.
The doctor, José L. Covarrubias, was arrested at the Mexican border on Wednesday as he tried to enter the United Stated. He was indicted the same day in connection with a marijuana-dealing ring based here.
The indictment says Dr. Covarrubias surgically removed the fingerprints of Marc George, a co-defendant named in the drug indictment. The doctor is believed to have performed the surgery for about four other people, said William Behe, an assistant United States attorney.