Crime Watch


January 18, 2007

Baltimore man, 21, dies of stab wounds

A 21-year-old man who was found stabbed in a Northeast Baltimore apartment Monday died the next day, and police are investigating his death as a homicide.

Dante Watson, 21, was found at 11:45 a.m. at his apartment in the 2200 block of Fleetwood Ave. in the Harford-Echodale Perring Parkway neighborhood, police said. Officers called to the apartment found Watson in the living room. He had been stabbed in the neck, and he died of his wounds Tuesday evening at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

A man who answered the phone at the apartment last night declined to comment.

Watson was the city's 17th homicide victim this year, compared with 16 in the corresponding period last year.

Gus G. Sentementes

Pharmacist to pay $500,000

A Catonsville pharmacist who improperly monitored and labeled his inventory of a highly addictive painkiller reached a $500,000 civil settlement with federal prosecutors, officials announced yesterday.

Ip Kwok Cheung, 45, also known as David Cheung, has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle claims that he violated the Controlled Substances Act by providing false information and/or improperly dispensing prescriptions containing oxycodone.

He formerly owned NatureCare Pharmacy in the 1100 block of N. Rolling Road in Catonsville, prosecutors said. The settlement means that Cheung avoided criminal prosecutions, according to a spokeswoman for the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

The Controlled Substances Act requires pharmacists and pharmacies to dispense controlled substances only as part of valid prescriptions. They also must maintain complete and accurate records of the distribution of controlled substances in their possession.

According to the settlement agreement announced yesterday, the government found that Cheung and NatureCare pharmacy committed multiple violations of the Controlled Substances Act by dispensing oxycodone-related products without a valid prescription between March 2002 and November 2004. In 2003, Cheung also placed false Drug Enforcement Administration numbers on the back of 246 dispensed prescriptions to avoid detection by the DEA, prosecutors said.

As part of the agreement, Cheung will not contest the forfeiture of $77,207 seized during searches in 2003 at his home in Ellicott City and the NatureCare pharmacy. The $130,000 proceeds from the sale of the pharmacy also were seized, authorities said.

An attorney for Cheung could not be reached for comment late yesterday.

Matthew Dolan

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