A federal grand jury indicted 11 people on Dec. 3 for alleged conspiracy to distribute drugs, launder money and sell contraband cigarettes.
The 42-count indictment alleges that the defendants are family members and associates who live in Baltimore County and New York City and operate businesses in Pikesville and Baltimore City, including Healthway Pharmacy and the Europe Restaurant. The charges are related to a conspiracy to traffic more than $6.6 million in contraband cigarettes (cigarettes on which the applicable state taxes have not been paid). In addition to trafficking in contraband cigarettes, the indictment alleges that some of the defendants also distributed oxycodone, sold drug samples and laundered money.
In a separate indictment, Salim Yusufov, who owned and operated Healthway Pharmacy in Pikesville, has been charged with illegally selling unapproved prescription drugs from Germany and Eastern Europe. Healthway Pharmacy is a former Pikesville Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.
The federal grand jury has indicted: Elmar “Eric” Rakhamimov, 41, of Owings Mills; Zarakh Yelizarov, 51, of Baltimore; Salim Yusufov, 43, of Baltimore; Artur Zakharyan, 52, of Owings Mills; Ilgar Rakhamimov, 39, of Owings Mills; Timur Yusufov, 35, of Baltimore; Nikolay Zakharyan, 23, of Owings Mills; Adam Azerman, 59, of Pikesville; Shamil Novakhov, 58, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Yuliya Rakhamimov, 33, of Owings Mills; and Ruslan Ykiew, 38, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. Court appearances are currently pending.