Pharmacist faces drug charge sentencing

MANISTIQUE — A former pharmacist at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is scheduled to be sentenced next week on two drug charges, which he pleaded guilty to last month, according to Schoolcraft County Circuit Court records.

Daniel Joel Michalik, 48, of Manistique, was arrested in September and charged with possessing and using narcotics, which he illegally obtained from the hospital where he worked, according to Manistique Public Safety.

While investigating a child custody dispute earlier this summer, Manistique Public Safety executed a search warrant on Michalik’s home on June 11. While searching the residence, police found several prescription drugs including Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Methadone.

Further investigation by officers determined the confiscated narcotics had been illegally obtained by Michalik from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital where he was employed as a pharmacist, according to Manistique Public Safety.

Following the county prosecutor’s review of the investigation report, a warrant was issued and Michalik was arrested on Sept. 21.

He was charged with two counts of controlled substance including possession of less than 25 grams of narcotics (Methadone), a four-year felony carrying a maximum fine of $25,000, and use of a narcotic (Methadone), a one-year misdemeanor carrying a maximum fine of $2,000.

The following week on Sept. 25, Michalik was arraigned in Schoolcraft County District Court and officially charged with the felony and misdemeanor. He later waived his right for a preliminary hearing in district court, automatically binding over the two charges to circuit court.

During a pretrial hearing in circuit court on Oct. 19, Michalik pleaded guilty to the above two counts. He is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Dec. 7.

Michalik remains free on bond. Following his arrest, he posted a $25,000 personal recognizance bond and was released from police custody. He was ordered to have no alcohol or illegal drugs.

Manistique Public Safety officers were assisted in the above investigation by personnel from the Michigan State Police and the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department.