A former media pharmacist on Wednesday waived a preliminary hearing into an alleged sex-for-pills scheme
MEDIA – An 82-year-old pharmacist charged last year with allegedly swapping sex for pills entered into a negotiated waiver of four counts on Wednesday instead of a preliminary hearing, according to online court records.
Martin Brian, of the first block of Steeplechase Drive in the media, waived two counts of delivering or administering a controlled substance by a practitioner without medical need and two counts of possession with intent to deliver, all unclassified crimes.
The negotiated waiver crafted by Assistant District Attorney Laurie Moore and defense attorney Elizabeth Louise Lippy included the withdrawal of six other counts of distributing a controlled substance to an addicted person, criminal use of a means communication and sexual extortion.
Brian was the owner of the defunct Murray-Overhill Pharmacy at 30 W. State St, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Delaware County Detective Sgt. Antoine Ruggeri.
Media Borough Police were dispatched to check an unconscious man and woman parked in the back of the pharmacy at around 8.32am on April 18, 2021, the affidavit states. The two were conscious in a silver Toyota Camry with Florida tags when officers arrived and said they were waiting for a friend to pick up a prescription from the pharmacy. The woman then texted someone and didn’t stop when officers told her, according to the affidavit.
Another woman quickly came out of the back of the drugstore and officers called her to the parking lot, but she backed up and went back inside, the affidavit says. Brian then came out and asked if everything was okay. Officers managed to get the woman – identified as “SE” in the affidavit – out of the pharmacy and talk to her, the affidavit says.
SE said she left her phone at the pharmacy when she drove her mother there earlier in the week to pick up a prescription. She described Brian as a friend and said she wanted to show him pictures of her newborn twins.
Brian also described SE as a “friend of a friend” and said she showed him pictures of the newborns, but didn’t mention anything about her coming to pick up a phone. Officers confiscated the woman’s phones from the car and SE pending a search warrant.
Investigators later found that Brian had asked SE to tell police “You and your friend were showing pictures of your babies…nothing more” during the time police were investigating the car behind the pharmacy, according to the report. affidavit. SE had also texted the man in the car around the same time, saying “I had 60 30s and 60 zies but had to throw them inside when I saw them all here”, indicates the affidavit.
The United States Drug Enforcement Agency then audited the pharmacy over the past five years and reportedly found numerous anomalies in Oxycodone and Xanax stores.
Brian was reportedly short of 58,483 Oxycodone 30mg tablets and 31,973 of Xanax 2mg tablets. She was also missing 11,358 Xanax 1mg tablets, 5,610 Xanax 0.5mg tablets and 228 Xanax 0.025mg tablets, the affidavit states.
A review of DEA databases showed Murray-Overhill Pharmacy was the largest retail purchaser of buprenorphine, fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone drug products in its ZIP code, according to the affidavit, and that tens of thousands of tablets for these products were also missing. .
SE reportedly admitted to DEA agents in an interview that she provided Brian with sexual favors and money in exchange for prescription drugs for about a year. The two met about once a week, she said, and she had performed oral sex on him inside the pharmacy on the morning of April 18 in exchange for controlled substances, according to the affidavit.
Investigators also spoke to a woman identified as “JM” in October, who allegedly said she had a similar arrangement with Brian dating back several years. JM said she first met Brian through a website advertising “rich men looking for companionship” seven years ago and their relationship developed into personal encounters that were producing almost every other day, according to the affidavit.
These encounters began at hotels or his personal residence, and eventually at the pharmacy, the affidavit states. At one point, around two years ago, Brian allegedly told her he could save a lot of money on those encounters if she accepted pills instead of cash, according to the affidavit.
JM allegedly told Brian it was dangerous because the pills are state controlled, but Brian didn’t care and started giving him 100-dose vials of 15mg or 30mg oxycodone every time he they were meeting, the affidavit states.
“JM said she couldn’t even count the number of bottles of manufacturer’s oxycodone that Brian gave her,” the affidavit reads. “They would meet 2-4 times a week and he would provide him with a bottle of 100 oxycodone 30mg each time, or if he ran out of oxycodone 30mg he would give him double the amount of 15 oxycodone tablets mg, so it was equivalent to the same amount.”
JM said she would sell the pill bottles to her heroin dealer in exchange for a $3,000 cash credit, the affidavit states. Brian also allegedly provided JM with 500 pills of 2mg Xanax after she told him that his sister had lost her insurance and could no longer afford the medication for her seizures, the affidavit states.
Police executed a search warrant at Brian’s residence last May and seized several electronic devices, according to the affidavit, along with a white paper pharmacy bag containing what appeared to be more cash. of $50,000.
Brian turned himself in to police in November and was released on an unsecured $250,000 bond. Magistrate District Judge Walter A. Strohl withheld the four negotiated charges for trial Wednesday and set a formal arraignment for Aug. 3 at the Media County Courthouse.