Pouring powder analyzed as alzaprolam (model title: Xanax) and zolpidem (model title: Ambien) in a girl’s drink at a Boca Raton restaurant’s bar value a Palm Seaside County neurologist his medical license this week.
The state Board of Medication’s ultimate order revoking Dr. Mircea Morariu’s license posted Monday. On the listening to earlier than the ultimate order, Morariu was current however not represented by an legal professional. The allegations within the administrative grievance, taken from the arrest report, had been adopted as findings of reality.
So far as the prison facet of the state of affairs, Morariu is simply over two years right into a five-year probation on a cost of poisoning meals or water. He pleaded “finest curiosity,” which implies he doesn’t admit to guilt and might nonetheless disagree about what occurred. However in keeping with USlaw.com, he “admits that the prosecution may possible show the cost. The court will pronounce the defendant guilty.”
Morariu’s on-line Florida Division of Well being license profile says the Delray Seaside neurologist has been licensed since Aug. 26, 1999, with no previous discipline issues.
Powdering a drink whereas she’s within the powder room?
The arrest report says on Sept. 10, 2018, Morariu met with a feminine pal on the now-closed Ouzo Bay at 201 Plaza Actual in Boca Raton. The girl, the report says, later instructed police she has recognized Morariu for nearly 20 years by means of mutual pals. She stated they met to speak about his engagement to somebody from whom she thought Morariu had separated. She later instructed police she’d taken a Xanax, for which she had a prescription, the day or two earlier than and had snorted cocaine inside every week.
When she obtained to Ouzo Bay, she stated, Morariu was already on the bar. They ordered meals and drinks, a martini for her. Early within the second spherical of drinks, she stated, she headed for the restroom.
That’s when surveillance cameras spot Morariu showing to succeed in into his pocket, however “technical difficulties” trigger the video to pause earlier than Morariu does something with the lady’s drink. One other buyer sitting on the bar instructed police she clearly noticed him pull out a small plastic bag of powder, pour it into his hand and dump it into her drink.
That witness instructed police that when she noticed the lady with Morariu sip her drink, she walked outdoors and known as the supervisor, the supervisor instructed the bartender they usually grabbed the glass, however not earlier than Morariu’s pal had extra of her martini. She stated when she returned from the restroom, Morariu pushed the glass towards her and moved her water glass away. The supervisor, bartender and police seen a “white powdery substance” on the backside and on the rim of the glass.
By this time, Morariu had gone to the restroom, and when he got here out, he was confronted by police. He denied placing powder into his pal’s glass, then availed himself of his proper to stay silent. His eating and ingesting associate had been taken to Boca Raton Hospital, the place detectives discovered her “barely incoherent” and unable to supply a press release.
When blood, urine and chemical checks got here again, the lady examined constructive for alzaprolam, zolpidem and cocaine; the plastic bag contained residue of alzaprolam and zolpidem; and the martini glass had zolpidem residue.