Charles County Pharmacist and Assistant Arrested
Area pharmacist took advantage of his standing in community and prayed on vulnerable individuals for his own gain
Charles County, Md., - On September 3, 2021 members of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Washington Division's Tactical Diversion Squad along with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office arrested Vincent Ippolito, 62, of Waldorf, and Denise Marie Shifflett, 45, of La Plata, in connection with illegally distributing drugs and narcotics.
Ippolito, a licensed pharmacist and owner of Northgate Pharmacy in Waldorf, and Shifflett, an employee at the pharmacy, were indicted by a Charles County Grand Jury in August. Ippolito distributed narcotics to an undercover officer, and Shifflett was conducting street deals of pharmaceutical controlled substances that she obtained from the pharmacy. The charges are the result of a yearlong investigation between both agencies operating on a joint task force that focuses on the diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances.
Jarod Forget, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Washington Division, commended the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office for their work in this investigation.
Detectives are asking anyone with additional information to contact them at 301-609-5890.