Crime & Courts

Longtime pharmacy owner, 65, arrested on drug charges

The longtime owner of Metroview Pharmacy on Randolph Road has been arrested on drug charges.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged Carl Wayne Craddock, 65, of Matthews, with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver fentanyl; and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver oxycodone.

One of the trafficking charges involves the delivery of at least 4 grams of an opiate mixture – 30 dosage units of oxycodone – to a “confidential police source” on April 8, according to an arrest warrant. The other trafficking charge stems from Craddock’s possession of the oxycodone, another arrest warrant says.

Police arrested Craddock on May 28. He is free on $220,000 secured bond pending a court appearance June 18.

“I have no comment,” Craddock said when reached Tuesday at the pharmacy he’s owned for 36 years. “This is a very difficult time for me and my family. I apologize, but I have nothing to say.”

Craddock was the subject of two robberies in the past, including one incident in which he shot and seriously wounded an alleged robber, according to police reports.

On March 19, 1990, Craddock told police that a man entered the Metroview Pharmacy and demanded dilaudid, a painkiller. Craddock told police that when the man reached for a gun in his waistband, he shot the suspect. Craddock told police he kept a handgun with him, because he had been robbed before.

That previous incident was on Dec. 27, 1985, once again at Metroview Pharmacy. In that incident, according to police reports, a man robbed Craddock at gunpoint. That robbery was part of a string carried out by the same suspect, police said at the time.

The N.C. Board of Pharmacy does not list Craddock or his pharmacy among those the board has taken action against. Craddock has no prior civil or criminal record.

Metroview Pharmacy remains open, and prescriptions continue to be filled, a worker who answered the phone said Tuesday.

Staff researcher Maria David and staff writer Steve Lyttle contributed

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