The overdose death of the postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and the drug charges filed against her boyfriend, also a research doctor at the hospital, is more like a novel then a litany of criminal charges.
And Baltimore police wrote it that way.
It started with a simple call to the emergency room for a DOA. About 6 p.m., Carrie John came in by ambulance and was pronounced dead at 6:49 p.m. Her live-in boyfriend, Dr. Clinton Blaine McCracken, 32, (pictured at left) was at the hospital and told police his girlfriend had injected herself with a drug, burprenorphine, which is used to treat heroin addiction (See the Baltimore Sun series on use of the drug).
According to the charging documents, McCracken told homicide detectives that he used his computer to search for recreational drugs and had been buying from a place called the New Mikee Online Pharmacy. His most recent purchase was 20 bupe pills for $2 each. He directed police to the syringe his girlfriend used, which he left on a table in the living room of his house near the Baltimore university.
"McCracken stated that they had soaked the pills in water and filtered them before preparing two syringes each with a 1mg dose," the police charging documents state. "He stated that after they prepared the syrignes with the solution of burprenorphine the deceased injected herself with the 1 mg does and immediately began to have difficulty breathing at which time he got her to inhale which did not work, so he called 911 for paramedics.
"McCracken stated that he never got to inject himself with his own 1 mg dose due to the deceased medical crisis. He stated that the deceased had asthma, but no other health problems. He stated that over a 2-3 year period he used his computer to order various narcotics for recreational use to include burprenorphine, morphine, oxycotin and marijuana which was mailed to him in various forms from the New Mikee Online Pharmacy in the Phillipines.
"When asked why, the defendant stated he thought they could control the morphine and burprenorphine. He also stated that he could sit here all day and tell me why marijuana should be legal. He said no one ever got hurt using those drugs, it must have been a batch of pills that were bad."
Both doctors have done extensive research on addiction and the university published a paper in a study of "compulsion and habit formation." Both have degrees in pharmacueticals.
What police said they found inside their house was even more astounding.
As soon as police entered, they said they were met with "an overpowering odor of hydro-marijuana. ... The defendant and the deceased had massed huge gardens of suspected marijuana which was planted in buckets on each floor of the home. Each area containing the suspected marijuana plants had its own lighting system which was prepared by a man-made design. Each area had several fans operating at once with a man-made venting system using the aluminum dryer hoses that hung about two to three feet from the floor directly over the area while venting upward to the roof. There are approximately twenty or more bongs in all shapes, sizes, and configurations strewn about the home. The home was unkept [sic] and trash was thrown about everywhere.
"The bags with pills were located in various areas to include the refrigerator, purses and countertops. Chemicals used on the suspected marijuana were found in various rear yard as well as stored in the basement closet where the largest concentration of suspected marijuana plants were located. Found inside of the large mason jars were several hundred bundles of suspected marijuana. A partial express mail package from EMS was found that was sent from the Phillipines with a postage date of 18 September 2009 with the item described as a wedding gift. The item weighed 80 grams in total."
Police said that at the hospital, McCracken was carrying a green backpack that contained a Canadian passport, letters from the U.S. Customs and Border Agency referencing shipments of narcotics and false manifests.