SANTA FE (KRQE) - Santa Fe Police say they have arrested a dentist working on people's teeth without clean tools or a proper license.
Now, investigators are trying to find out how many patients this man may have already harmed.
The man is called, "El Dentista," on his business cards, but police say, looking at his tools scattered inside his car, he is not much of a dentist.
"Leftover residual materials, just disgusting conditions," says Celina Westervelt, a spokesperson for the Santa Fe Police Department.
It is a grimy toolkit with teeth molds you probably would not want anywhere near your mouth, more molds on the seat of a car and prescription drugs.
That is what Santa Fe Police found in 36-year-old Eliver Kestler's car.
"The suspect was not able to provide us with a medical license of any kind. He says he is licensed out of Mexico, but we have not been able to verify that," Westervelt says.
Westervelt says an officer called Kestler Saturday pretending to need dental work, after a former client of Kestler's tipped off police.
"The suspect at first seemed a bit elusive, asking how we got the phone number or who we know who he might have known," Westervelt said.
Still, Kestler agreed to meet on Agua Fria Street. When he did, police arrested him.
They searched his car, taking picture after picture of unsanitary materials.
"If you zoom into them, you can see they are not sanitary in any way shape or form," Westervelt says as she points to pictures of dirty cotton balls.
Police say Kestler has been working out of his car, traveling to patients' homes to do dental work without a license for at least five years.
The man who called police says he paid Kestler $280 to get at least three teeth put in and two crowns done.
"Anybody that is approached with this type of deal, always, always, always ask for a license," Westervelt said.
Police say they are still looking into how many people may have gone to Kestler for dental work and whether they had any health issues afterwards.
Kestler is charged with practicing without a license and distributing controlled substances.
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