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    Pharmacist accused of diverting 700,000 painkillers


    The owner of a historic Des Moines, Iowa pharmacy faces up to 250 years in prison following his recent indictment on 16 federal charges, including conspiracy to distribute drugs, tax evasion, and wire fraud.

    The indictment of Mark Graziano, 52, principal owner of Bauder Pharmacy, came nearly two years after state officials discovered nearly 700,000 doses of narcotic painkillers missing from the pharmacy. A second man, Andrew Michael Enloe, was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs. Both men have pled not guilty.

    Graziano’s pharmacy was raided in 2012 after law enforcement officials received information that he was selling hydrocodone pills out the pharmacy’s back door.

    According to the grand jury indictment, Graziano ordered large amounts of hydrocodone "to create a supply of divertible controlled substances." The indictment accuses him of ordering the pills from multiple wholesalers, up to 10 per month, to avoid detection. Enloe allegedly sold the drugs for cash to people without prescriptions.

    Between 2008 through 2012, Graziano allegedly deposited more than $779,000 in cash into his personal bank account from the illegal sales. 

    Mark Lowery, Editor
    Mark Lowery an Editor for Drug Topics magazine.


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    • Anonymous
      So they caught a Pharmacist who distributed 700,000 narc pills illegally. CVS does that many daily by never questioning the source or reason for an Rx and doesn't back up pharmacists brave enough to try.