When people think of drug dealing, they often conjure images of drug transactions occurring out in the street, in cars, and in shabby homes, but the truth of the matter is that anyone can be accused of committing a drug crime. This has become especially true as prescription pain pill abuse and the opioid epidemic have ballooned. The police and prosecutors have deepened their investigations, meaning that no one who appears to be affiliated with the drug trade is safe from facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing and subsequent drug charges.
To see an example of this, one need look no further than the recent arrest of Dr. Barbra Temeck, who used to head up the Cincinnati VA Center. A federal indictment was handed down on May 3rd, hitting her with allegations that she illegally distributed hydrocodone and valium. The indictment didn’t clarify to whom the doctor allegedly distributed the medication, but the Department of Veterans Affairs stated that it had made previous reports about Dr. Temeck for her alleged inappropriate prescribing of medication to the family member of the former director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network.
Dr. Temeck claims that these allegations are false. To her, the charges are attempt to justify her removal from her position at the VA, a move that she claims was made after she blew the whistle on fraud and waste within the organization.
Of course, the truth will be decided behind closed doors during negotiations and/or in open court during litigation. With so much on the line, including the potential for prison, large fines, and irreparable harm to one’s reputation, Ohioans who are facing allegations of committing a drug crime owe it to themselves to consider obtaining an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: Cincinnati Business Courier, “Former Cincinnati hospital chief indicted,” Barrett J. Brunsman, May 4, 2017