Police said the allegations are the result of a year-long investigation.
WALDORF, Md. – Charles County police officers, along with other officials, arrested a Waldorf pharmacist and his assistant in connection with the illegal distribution of drugs and narcotics.
Vincent Ippolito, 62, licensed pharmacist and owner of Northgate Pharmacy in Waldorf, along with 45-year-old Denise Marie Shifflett of La Plata, a pharmacy employee, were indicted by a Charles County grand jury in August.
Hippolytus distributed narcotics to an undercover agent and Shifflett was conducting street business of controlled pharmaceuticals he had received at the pharmacy, police said.
Police added that the allegations are the result of a year-long investigation between the two agencies operating in a joint task force that focuses on the diversion of controlled pharmaceutical substances.
“Detectives and members of the DEA worked diligently together to bring this case to a judicial stage. Our mission is to help eradicate the illegal distribution of drugs that have negatively impacted the lives of many families, “Sheriff Troy Berry said in a press release.
On its Facebook page, Northgate Pharmacy describes itself as independently owned and in the Waldorf community for 16 years.
Many other local shops and stores can be found in the vicinity of Gateway Plaza, where the pharmacy is located near Leonardtown Road and St. Charles Parkway.
On Monday, a man who works within walking distance of the pharmacy said he never expected the company to be the focus of an investigation.
“It has always been just a small neighborhood mall,” said Thomas Keene, who works at Gateway Vape and Tobacco. “It always feels like a peaceful and safe place where all of our local residents come.”
Keene told WUSA 9 that he had already been inside the pharmacy and met the owner.
Upon hearing about the case, Keene said she never suspected anyone.
“I met the employees. A couple of them have been customers of my shop,” he said. “It was just a local pharmacy. It’s a shame it happened here. You don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.”
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office asked anyone with information on the case to call 301-609-5890.
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