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Hospice Worker Accused of Selling Heroin at Her Patients' Homes in Malden

A hospice worker accused of selling heroin at her patients' homes in Malden pleaded not guilty Thursday in Malden District Court.

Maria Johnson Kelly appeared in Malden District Court on Thursday. Credit: WHDH-TV
Maria Johnson Kelly appeared in Malden District Court on Thursday. Credit: WHDH-TV
A hospice worker accused of selling heroin at her patients' homes in Malden pleaded not guilty Thursday in Malden District Court.

Police told WHDH-TV that Maria Johnson Kelly sold several bags of the class A drug to undercover detectives.

"The Malden Police drug detectives have been doing an investigation on this defendant for a length of time," prosecuting attorney Anna Evans told the news station. "They’ve observed her distribute heroin from patients' homes."

While executing a search at Kelly's, police recovered $2,000, multiple bags of heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

She was released on $500 bail, the report adds.

Check out WHDH-TV's video report above.
david mokal January 17, 2014 at 08:13 PM
What a piece of work. Geesh What's the world comming too
Jim Duggan January 17, 2014 at 11:22 PM
Thank you for shinning the light on this story!
Frank Ryan January 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Looks like great work by the police. Keep up the good work!
Sandy Rachedi January 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM
I've been doing Nursing for 40 years, from seeing and hearing things like this just get me so SICK. Good work police.
Matthew January 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Seriuosly, $500 bail. Glad to see the judges at Malden District Court continue to turn a blind eye. Place is pathetic. Nothing is going to change in this area as long as these idiots continue kicking people loose. The cops are beating their heads against a wall. These people are walking out of court before the police reports are even written. It's a joke.
David Marsters January 18, 2014 at 01:02 PM
She was only supplementing her income, as hospice nurses don't make much money!!
Kristen January 18, 2014 at 02:07 PM
This woman is NOT a nurse. Check the Massachusetts nursing license database. Nursing licenses are public knowledge. There is NO LICENSED NURSE in MA by this name.
Matthew January 18, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Kristen. This surprises you?
Kristen January 18, 2014 at 07:16 PM
Nope, doesn't surprise me but I AM a nurse and it's aggravating when the media doesn't do their research and gives nurses a bad name. I'd bet money that this woman is a home health or hospice aide. Anyone with a pulse can get those jobs. The video says that she needed an interpreter to understand the charges against her. It's not possible to become a licensed nurse in MA without English proficiency- NCLEX is only available in English.

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