by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A pharmacist has surrendered his license after more than 40 decades in business following an arrest for possession and trafficking drugs.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers arrested Carl Craddock, 65, Friday after they said he sold 30 oxycodone pills and fentanyl to an undercover confidential informant in April.
"Pharmacists obviously have a duty to comply with all laws and regulations governing the dispensing of prescription drugs to patients," said Jay Campbell, executive director for the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy.
Campbell could not confirm any details about an NCBOP investigation but said Craddock surrendered his license on May 28, along with the license at Metroview Pharmacy on Randolph Road.
"It should be closed for business. Metroview Pharmacy cannot provide any pharmacy services," Campbell told Channel 9.
Yet during a visit to the pharmacy on Wednesday, Eyewitness News discovered the doors were open, with customers inside and Craddock behind the counter.
Craddock refused to comment and told Channel 9 he was not dispensing any medicine, but was answering phones to assist customers with finding new pharmacies.
State officials said they also provided a pharmacist to Metroview to help transfer all of the existing prescriptions.
One customer, Tangela, who purchased a soda, told Channel 9 that employees asked her to use cash and refused a debit card.
Tangela said she was shocked to learn the pharmacy had lost its license.
"It should be closed, because you know, if he is the only pharmacist, and he was selling drugs, he could be selling his inventory," Tangela said.
Craddock remains free on a $10,000 bond.