A Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge on Thursday set bail at $50,000, cash only, for two operators of the Healthy Life Medical Group, on York Road, in Lutherville, who were arrested Tuesday evening.
Gerald Wiseberg, 78, of Boca Raton, Fla., and Michael Jacob Reznikov, 51, of Brooklyn, N.Y., have been indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury on charges of conspiracy to distribute "schedule II" narcotics after a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into alleged distribution and sale of Oxycodone and other prescription drugs.
At Thursday's preliminary hearing, the judge also prohibited Wiseberg and Reznikov from traveling outside the U.S. pending trial, and ordered them to surrender their passports.
On May 15, about 25 county narcotics officers and DEA agents executed federal search warrants at the clinic in the 1100 block of York Road, just north of the Baltimore Beltway, seizing "non-drug evidence."
The raid followed a long-term investigation, according to Special Agent Edward Marcinko of the DEA. Police said yesterday that the Healthy Life clinic has been the focus of an investigation by Baltimore County Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration since April 2011.
Police also said that additional arrests are expected, and that all suspects in this case may face federal as well as state charges.
Early this week, neither county police officials nor Marcinko would provide details about what was taken from the clinic. But Marcinko said the DEA agents involved were members of the federal agency's relatively new "tactical diversions squad."
According to the DEA's website, such squads work with local police departments to "investigate, disrupt and dismantle" individuals or operations suspected of breaking laws pertaining to legal pharmaceutical drugs or chemicals.
"Prescription fraud and prescription abuse is a very serious problem in the United States, and across the United States the DEA developed groups to handle these types of cases," Marcinko said.
Kevin Rector of the Baltimore Sun contributed to this story.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun