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Maryland doctor and girlfriend arrested in drug investigation

On Feb. 15, authorities announced the arrest of a Havre de Grace doctor and his girlfriend in connection with a prescription drug investigation. The charges were filed on Jan. 31.

According to the Havre de Grace Police Department, a 10-month investigation alleged that the female defendant, age 33, was involved in illegally distributing prescription drugs in Harford County. Meanwhile, the doctor, age 55, is accused of harboring her at his home on the 200 block of Pointe Way while she was participating in illegal activities. The DEA, the Harford County Sheriff's Office and the Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force assisted in the investigation.

The female defendant is facing charges for 25 drug crimes, including eight counts each of drug possession, drug distribution and possession with intent to distribute drugs. She also faces a single count of illegal possession of prescription drugs with intent to distribute. She was released on a $30,000 bond on Feb. 13. The doctor is charged with obstruction of justice. He was released on a $50,000 bond on Feb. 13. They are both scheduled to appear at a hearing in Harford County Circuit Court on March 5. Until then, the female defendant has been ordered to seek treatment for substance abuse.

Drug charges often carry harsh penalties for those who are convicted. This is particularly true for defendants who are charged with drug distribution or drug possession with the intent to distribute. However, a defendant doesn't need to face the justice system alone. A criminal defense attorney may be able to review the case and work to build a strong defense to the charges. Depending on the details of the case, it may be possible to get the charges dismissed or significantly reduced.

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