A 71-year-old North Andover woman is facing a federal charge after police say she illegally offered buttock-enhancing and face injections, authorities said.
Gladys Araceli Ceron is charged with one count of delivery for pay of an adulterated or misbranded device received in interstate commerce. She was scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston on Wednesday, according to federal officials.
A “cooperating witness” worked with federal agents and made recorded phone calls to Ceron in 2018, authorities said. The witness met with Ceron on May 24, 2018, and the interactions were recorded. Ceron allegedly told the witness that she charged $500 for buttock injections and $60 for injections to fill wrinkles.
“A search of Ceron’s business in Lawrence in June 2018 resulted in the seizure of several bottles and syringes of a substance that tests revealed to be silicone oil,” federal authorities said. “Numerous uncapped, used, syringes were also recovered from the business.”
The silicone fillers Ceron was allegedly using can have serious side effects, according to officials, who said the material can travel through blood vessels and result in permanent disfigurement, stroke, or death.
A witness told federal officials that they reportedly paid $300 to Ceron for face injections in June 2018. The witness said the injections had hardened and that a medical specialist said it would cost $4,000 to remove them.