Pharmacist, wife plead guilty to drug charges


A pharmacist and his wife pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to charges of illegally distributing controlled prescription drugs from their pharmacy in the 5100 block of Park Heights Ave.

Julian I. Miden, 64, of the 2600 block of Old Court Road in Baltimore Countypleaded guilty to five felony counts of illegally distributing controlled dangerous substances from Beeli's Pharmacy, of which he is president, treasurer and resident agent.

Judge Roger W. Brown sentenced the pharmacist to 12 years in prison then suspended all but two years.

Florence Miden, 58, the pharmacy's vice president, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring with her husband to distribute the drugs. She was given probation before judgment.

Judge Brown fined the business $2,500 for maintaining a common nuisance.

According to city prosecutors, undercover state troopers bought hundreds of Dilaudid, Demerol, Percocet and Valium pills from the pharmacy. Prosecutors said Julian Miden showed the undercover troopers how to write prescriptions that appear authentic to regulators.

The Midens were arrested during raids Sept. 1 at the pharmacy and their home.

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