With thousands of Americans reportedly overdosing on opioids and painkillers, law enforcement officials have been cracking down on prescription drug crime. Maryland police departments are working with federal agents to put a stop to overdose deaths in Maryland by going after doctors who misuse their licenses.
Two licensed physicians in the Baltimore area are now facing criminal charges for allegedly selling prescriptions for money. Their actions are said to have caused the deaths of two men who had received a prescription for Oxycodone at a clinic where one of the doctors worked. Law enforcement says that crowds of patients would wait outside the clinic to buy prescriptions in cash. Overall, investigators predict that close to 400 people received 280,000 doses of Oxycodone since spring 2015.
One of the doctors, a urologist, has been charged with multiple crimes including 289 counts of drug offenses, conspiracy and Medicare fraud, and could face a maximum of two life sentences for the two deaths. Authorities shut down his clinic in April and his medical license was suspended. When police raided his home, they allegedly discovered $80,000 in cash.
The other doctor is facing 21 drug charges for selling Oxycodone, Fentanyl and Xanax. The doctor allegedly sold drugs out of his car and had get-togethers where guests could pay a cover and receive a prescription.
No matter what criminal charges you face, it is important to come up with a defense strategy to benefit you. In many criminal investigations, law enforcement officials are so eager to get a conviction that they violate the accused's constitutional rights in order to acquire evidence. If the prosecution tries to use this illegally obtained evidence to prove your guilt, the evidence will be deemed inadmissible. Many people facing criminal charges have had their charges dropped due to illegal police investigations and inadmissible evidence.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Two Maryland doctors indicted on drug charges after allegedly writing prescriptions for more than a quarter-million doses," Tim Prudente, Aug. 10, 2017