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4 men indicted on charges related to pharmacy robberies

May 27, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

TRI-STATE-- A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted three Hagerstown men and a Waynesboro, Pa., man on charges related to robberies at seven pharmacies, including five in Washington County, and on a variety of drug charges.

The men are charged in the indictment with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of Oxycontin and Percocet.

The indictment charges two of the Hagerstown men with robbing a Sovereign Bank and one of those men with also robbing the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union and a Susquehanna Bank.

Indicted were Elvin Fulton, 20, of Waynesboro; his brother Dwight Julius Fulton, aka "DJ," 22, of Hagerstown; Luis Maldonado, aka "Ant," 26, of Hagerstown; and Justin Broadus, 22, of Hagerstown, according to the indictment.

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Ava Cooper-Davis, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the case illustrates an increasing problem of prescription drug abuse in the country and stated that the federal Drug Enforcement Agency will go after such operations the same way they tackle illicit drug trafficking organizations.

"Criminal drug trafficking organizations exist to make money. Period. It doesn't matter to them whether they are selling cocaine, heroin or prescription drugs, as long as it generates profit," Cooper-Davis said in a news release.

The indictment alleges Elvin Fulton, Dwight Julius Fulton and Luis Maldonado conspired with each other and other unknown individuals to steal oxycodone and morphine from the following Washington County pharmacies: Magnolia Square Pharmacy on North Walnut Street in Hagerstown, Rite Aid Pharmacy on West Hillcrest Road in Hagerstown, Schindel's Pharmacy on Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown, Rite Aid Pharmacy on Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg and Home Care Pharmacy on Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg.

The three men also conspired to steal oxycodone and morphine from Lykos Pharmacy in Timonium, Md., and Austin Pharmacy on York Road in Baltimore, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges Maldonado robbed the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union of $9,566 on May 11, and robbed the Susquehanna Bank on Marsh Pike in Hagerstown of $2,767 on May 19, and that Maldonado and Dwight Fulton robbed the Sovereign Bank on Paul Smith Boulevard in Hagerstown of $2,564 on June 25.

Broadus also was indicted on three counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute crack, and one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute more than five grams of crack.

The four men were in federal custody, Marcia Murphy, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday. The locations of defendants in federal custody are not disclosed for security reasons, Murphy said.

The next step in the case is for the defendants to have their initial appearances, Murphy said. It is too early to say when trials might be held, Murphy said.

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