Crime & Courts

Metroview pharmacist surrenders license

The longtime owner of Metroview Pharmacy on Randolph Road in Charlotte has surrendered his license to practice pharmacy after police arrested him last week on drug charges, the executive director of the N.C. Board of Pharmacy said Wednesday.

Carl Wayne Craddock, 65, also surrendered Metroview’s permit to operate a pharmacy, Executive Director Jay Campbell said.

The board has brought another pharmacist to Metroview to transfer prescriptions for customers, Campbell said.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged Craddock 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.

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

Craddock has owned the pharmacy for 36 years. He declined to discuss the charges, saying only that the arrest has been difficult on him and his family.

Some former patients said they find the charges hard to believe.

Cynthia Hayward said Craddock has filled her prescriptions since the late 1990s and delivered them to her home when she was sick.

“He’s a very, very good person,” Hayward said.