A Palm Beach County neurologist cost him his medical license this week by pouring powders analyzed as alzaprolam (brand name: Xanax) and zolpidem (brand name: Ambien) into a woman’s drink at a Boca Raton restaurant bar.
State Board of Medicine’s final order posted on Monday Dr. Mircia Morariu’s license has been revoked. At the hearing before the final order, Morariu was present but not represented by a lawyer. The charges were adopted as a conclusion of fact in the administrative complaint taken from the arrest report.
As far as the criminal side of the situation is concerned, Morariu is on a five-year probation of more than two years on charges of poisoning with food or water. He pleaded “best interest,” which means he does not admit guilt and may still disagree about what happened. But according to USlaw.com, he “accepts that the prosecution can possibly prove the charge. The court will find the defendant guilty.”
Morariu’s online Florida Department of Health license profile says Delray Beach neurologists have been licensed since August 26, 1999, with no previous disciplinary issues.
Having a drink when she’s in the powder room?
The arrest report said that on September 10, 2018, Morariu visited a female friend in the now-closed Oujo Bay at 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. The report said the woman later told police that she had known Morariu through mutual friends for nearly 20 years. She said that they met to talk about her engagement, which made her think Morariu had parted ways. He later told police that he had taken a Xanax, for which he had taken a prescription a day or two earlier, and had inhaled cocaine within a week.
When she went to Ozo Bay, she said, Morariu was already at the bar. He ordered a martini for her to eat and drink. At the start of the second round of drinks, she said, she headed to the restroom.
Surveillance cameras then see Morariu arriving in his pocket, but due to “technical difficulties”, Morariu pauses the video before doing anything with the woman’s drink. Another customer sitting at the bar told police that he clearly saw that he took out a small plastic bag of powder, put it in his hand and poured it into his drink.
The witness told the police that when he saw the woman having her drink with Morariu, she went outside and called the manager, the manager told the bartender and they grabbed the glass, but not before Morariu’s friend had His martini was more. She said that when she returned from the toilet, Morariu pushed the glass towards her and took the glass of water away. The manager, bartender and police noticed a “white powdery substance” on the bottom and rim of the glass.
By this time Morariu had gone to the toilet and when he came out the police confronted him. He refused to pour the powder into his friend’s glass, then took advantage of his right to remain silent. Her eating partner was taken to Boca Raton Hospital, where detectives found her “a little inconsolable” and unable to make a statement.
When blood, urine, and chemical tests came back, the woman tested positive for alzaprolam, zolpidem, and cocaine; The plastic bag contained residues of alzaprolam and zolpidem; And there was zolpidem residue in the martini glass.