Man accused of posing as dentist allegedly cooked meth in office

The disturbing case of a California man who has been accused of practicing dentistry without a license just got a whole lot worse.

Joseph Hirsch, 59, allegedly used the office to cook meth, Mercy News reports.

Authorities say it is unclear if anyone was harmed as a result of treatment provided by the man.

Authorities arrested Hirsch after a three-month investigation involving California's Department of Dentistry and the state's Department of Justice, Mercury News reports.

The so-called "dental office" is surrounded by warehouse businesses and auto repair shops.

According to a news release, authorities discovered a "crude dentist office" with an x-ray machine and dental tools, as well as narcotics and equipment used to manufacture narcotics.

Hirsch has been charged with possessing and manufacturing controlled substances, possessing brass knuckles and possessing ammunition as a felon, and is being held in San Mateo County jail on $500,000 bail.

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