VA worker arrested for selling drugs

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A five-month investigation into illicit sales of prescription tranquilizers led to the arrest yesterday of an employee at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Loch Raven Boulevard and her boyfriend, authorities reported.

Delories Ann Gittings, 33, a pharmacy technician, was arrested at the hospital while her boyfriend, Floyd Patterson Goodwin, 45, was seized at their home in the 700 block of North Linwood Avenue in East Baltimore. They were charged with multiple drug offenses and conspiracy.

Cpl. Carl E. Pearsall of the state police Bureau of Drug Enforcement said undercover investigators bought "several thousand pills" in recent months at the house on Linwood Avenue, paying $2.50 each for Valium and $5 for Xanax believed to have been taken from the hospital.

The investigation, assisted by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and inspector general's office, was undertaken when pills obtained by the police were traced through the manufacturer to the VA hospital, Corporal Pearsall said.

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