Sawtantra Kumar Chopra of California was arrested from his home in Modesto.
Last month, a federal grand jury in Fresno brought a 22-count indictment against him, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
If convicted, Sawtantra Kumar Chopra faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison.
According to the indictment, between March 2017 and March 2018, on 22 occasions the doctor prescribed highly addictive, commonly abused prescription drugs, including hydrocodone, alprazolam and Promethazine with codeine syrup - outside the usual course of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose.
These controlled substances affect the central nervous system and may only be prescribed when medically required, the statement said.
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