A woman on the faculty at the John Hopkins School of Medicine in Maryland was suspended because she allegedly helped her roommate sell popular prescription pain medications over the Internet. The school is working with the authorities as they investigated the involvement of the woman, who is in her second year in a woman’s health practice. She confessed that she and her roommate boxed the pills to make them look like candy before they mailed the drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration initially looked into the online involvement in drug sales of the woman’s roommate, who is also a physician. The medications included Xanax, Oxycodone, Adderall and additional prescriptions. The DEA agent reported that she was working at her day job as a physician but dealing drugs on the Internet after work.
The doctor with John Hopkins has a federal public defender while the other woman has retained a private attorney. Neither of the women nor their attorneys commented on the case or the related drug charges.
Federal authorities have been looking into online drug sales through the distributor since 2011. The site closed for a brief period when the supposed founder was taken into custody. The woman, however, then resumed selling the drugs on a similar site. Court documents indicated that the woman had been selling drugs online since March 2013. She also advised others on how to inject drugs and how to create their own drugs. She earned about $19,000 in illicit sales between March and August.
Federal drug charges can lead to serious penalties. A criminal defense attorney might be able to negotiate reduced charges for clients.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, “Hopkins doctor suspended after charges in Silk Road case“, Ian Duncan, November 27, 2013