Asuncion Luyao, the former Port St. Lucie doctor arrested in March 2002 by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s detectives and state authorities, has received a 50-year prison term following her conviction in March 2006 for manslaughter, trafficking in the powerful painkiller Oxycodone and racketeering.
Circuit Court Judge Dwight L. Geiger issued the sentence.
The case was part of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office’s aggressive investigation of the illegal diversion of prescription drugs, said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“Dr. Asuncion Luyao was one physician whose name was mentioned frequently among drug users,” Sheriff Mascara said in a letter presented to Judge Geiger prior to Luyao’s sentencing. “It became routine that the Sheriff's Office narcotics unit would make arrests of drug addicts and find prescriptions for Oxycontin issued by Dr. Luyao.
“With the arrest and conviction of Dr. Luyao, our community has become a safer place,” the letter stated.
After her arrest, the state suspended her medical license. Since that time, her license has become inactive, and she is no longer permitted to practice medicine.