DEA seizes drugs from Waldorf Pharmacy;  the owner awaits the sentence

DEA seizes drugs from Waldorf Pharmacy; the owner awaits the sentence

“Indirectly favor drug dealers through a potential increase in customers,” Todd said. “And, as if that weren’t enough, there is also the exploitation of dependent women who face the disease of drug addiction.”

A Charles County, Maryland pharmacist accused of illegally distributing drugs and narcotics from his Waldorf pharmacy and trading drugs for sex will be sentenced next month.

Courtesy Drug Enforcement Administration

“This pharmacist and this pharmacy were an imminent threat to the community in Charles County and beyond,” said Shane Todd, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA.

Courtesy Drug Enforcement Administration

A Charles County, Maryland pharmacist accused of illegally distributing drugs and narcotics from his Waldorf pharmacy and trading drugs for sex will be sentenced next month.

On Thursday, Northgate Care Pharmacy at 3973 Saint Charles Parkway, owned by pharmacist Vincent Ippolito, 62, of Waldorf, was closed by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration Washington Division’s Tactical Diversion Squad and local law enforcement.



“This pharmacist and this pharmacy were an imminent threat to the community in Charles County and beyond,” said Shane Todd, assistant special agent in charge of the DEA.

Noting that 100,000 people a year die from overdoses in recent years, Todd said peripheral criminal activity was also a threat.

“Indirectly favor drug dealers through a potential increase in customers,” Todd said. “And, as if that weren’t enough, there is also the exploitation of dependent women who face the disease of drug addiction.”

Ippolito’s business just received an immediate suspension order by which the DEA confiscated all controlled substances on the spot, but he was arrested last September after a year-long investigation that began based on information from the Charles County Sheriff.

“We initiated an undercover operation, identified that one of the (pharmacy) employees was selling drugs such as oxycodone, and based on that information, we infiltrated the employee and eventually developed evidence to charge both the employee and the owner of Northgate, “Todd said.

Pharmacy employee Denise Marie Shifflett, 45, of La Plata, who was arrested at the time, was accused of conducting street deals in controlled pharmaceuticals that she allegedly received from the pharmacy.

According to a press release from the DEA, Northgate was unable to account for tens of thousands of dosage units of highly addictive controlled substances, such as oxycodone, according to their dispensing records.

There is a scheduled sentencing hearing for Hippolytus at the Charles County Circuit Court on February 22. The status of Shifflett’s case is unclear.

The WTOP contacted Ippolito’s lawyer. They did not respond to our request prior to publication.

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