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Dentist Accused of Illegal Drug Distribution

Virginia dentist faces narcotics charges



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    An Oakton, Va., dentist was arrested today, accused of illegally obtaining prescription pain pills for himself and distributing them to patients and women he dated.

    Hamada Makarita, 50, was charged with distributing a controlled substance, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

    According to a criminal complaint affidavit, Makarita owns and operates a dental practice on Chain Bridge Road in Oakton, Va., and advertised online at He is accused of calling in prescriptions under the names of his employees and patients that were not medically necessary.  In addition, Makarita also is accused of prescribing medication to patients prior to dental procedures and then mandating that the patients return their remaining pills to him.

    Police said in 2008 and 2009 Makarita began to illegally obtain prescription medications as he proceeded through a divorce. He is accused of providing women he dated with prescription medicines during their dates, bragging that he caused them to pass out and taking explicit photos of them while they were under the influence of the drugs.

    The complaint alleges that one of Makarita’s female patients engaged in a two-year sexual relationship with him, and she received prescription narcotics from Makarita during their relationship. She allegedly received the medicine for her drug habit and not related to dental treatment.

    According to the affidavit, from January 2007 through January 2010, Makarita illegally obtained nearly 2,000 prescription pills that were not related to his dental practice, including various forms of highly addictive pain medicines and sedatives.

    The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Special Assistant United States Attorney Mazen Basrawi is prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.