August 26, 2002
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
PHARMACIST CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL
DISTRIBUTION OF OXYCODONE AND HYDROCODONE
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that Hyacinth Uche,
a pharmacist in Baltimore City, has been charged in a 20-count indictment
with the illegal distribution of Schedule II narcotics.
indictment charges that on 10 different occasions over a 31-day
period beginning on August 28, 2001,Uche illegally distributed the
prescription medications Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. Uche, of the
1400 block of King William Drive in Woodlawn, is the owner of HISCO
Pharmacy, located at 5613 Belair Road in Baltimore. In addition
to the distribution counts, Uche is also charged with 10 counts
of unlawfully distributing controlled dangerous substances in a
manner outside the scope of his professional duties as a pharmacist.
of narcotics is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 25
years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Unlawful distribution by a pharmacist
is a misdemeanor punishable by not more than two years in prison
and a $100,000 fine.
has been set at $100,000. Arraignment is scheduled for October 21st.
indictment is but an accusation based upon a finding of probable
cause and a defendant is innocent unless proven guilty.
case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud