Ex-hospital worker faces drug counts


A former technician at Francis Scott Key Medical Center has been charged with stealing large quantities of morphine

Daniel Chodnicki, 30, of the first block of Duntore Place in Fullerton, was indicted by the Baltimore grand jury last week on 235 counts of possession with intent to distribute morphine and Fentanyl, powerful analgesics, and diazepam (Valium), a tranquilizer. He also was charged with felony theft in what city prosecutors called the largest case of its kind in recent memory.

"Both the size and the scope are alarming," said State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms.

Prosecutor Elizabeth A. Ritter said Chodnicki used his position as a cardiovascular technician to illegally obtain 3,205 vials of morphine, 635 vials of Valium and 38 vials of Fentanyl between August 1988 and July 1990. The suspect was fired in August after the drug loss was discovered.

Bail was set at $100,000 for Chodnicki. He is to be arraigned

March 5.

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