A city grand jury indicted a longtime Northwest Baltimore pharmacist and his wife yesterday on charges that they used their business to illegally sell prescription drugs, the Baltimore state's attorney reported.
Julian I. Miden, 64, and his wife, Florence Miden, 58, were charged with illegally selling controlled, dangerous substances -- namely, hundreds of generic brand pills containing Dilaudid, Demerol, Valium and Percocet, prosecutors said. State troopers bought the pills in an undercover sting operation, according to the prosecutors.
The Midens live in Pikesville in Baltimore County but for more than 20 years have operated Beeli's Pharmacy in the 5100 block of Park Heights Ave. in Pimlico. State officials are seeking an emergency suspension of the pharmacy's registration to sell controlled drugs, prosecutors said.
State police began investigating the pharmacy in May.
"Mr. Miden advised the undercover troopers on how to effectively write false prescriptions that could not be detected by the police or state regulatory authorities," according to a statement by the state's attorney's office.
"Mr. Miden would then give the undercover troopers a quantity of [drugs] listed on these false prescriptions for a price that was approximately 10 times higher than the prescription's retail value," the statement said.
Mrs. Miden works with her husband at the pharmacy and is listed as the company's vice president as well as one of its directors, prosecutors said.
The Midens are scheduled to appear today before Circuit Judge John Prevas for a bail determination. Their arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 20.