Former pharmacist pleads guilty Man gets five years probation, $2,000 fine

November 15, 1990|By Raymond L. Sanchez | Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff

A former pharmacist at Bon Secours Hospital has pleaded guilty to charges that he supplied narcotic pain killers to a man who sold them on the street.

The pharmacist, Shafaah Farid Maghfriat, 45, of the 5500 block of Purdue Ave., was placed on five years' probation and fined $2,000 yesterday. He pleaded guilty to a count of drug possession with intent to distribute.

"I'm deeply sorry and it will never happen again," Maghfriat told Baltimore Circuit Judge Kenneth Lavon Johnson.

John P. O'Connor, 40, of the 1500 block of Alconbury Rd. in Baltimore County, also pleaded guilty to a drug-distribution charge. O'Connor was given a suspended three-year sentence and three years' probation.

Prosecutors dropped theft charges against the defendants.

The two men were arrested in a car near Bon Secours last June 27 by State Police investigators trailing O'Connor on the suspicion he was illegally selling pharmaceutical drugs.

A search of the car turned up three boxes of hydromorphone for which O'Connor had paid Maghfriat $150, prosecutor David Copperthite said. The powerful pain killer is popular among heroin addicts.

Maghfriat, who no longer works at the hospital, told police he dealt with O'Connor for about two months, Copperthite said. The pharmacist also said he sold O'Connor Valium and other drugs, although no other drugs were recovered at the time of arrest.

Maghfriat yesterday received probation before judgment, which is not a conviction.

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