Brothers sentenced in pharmacy robberies

March 15, 2011

BALTIMORE — Two Tri-State area brothers have been sentenced to prison in an oxycodone distribution conspiracy case in which 7,638 pills were stolen in a string of pharmacy robberies, three of which occurred in Washington County, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said Tuesday.

Elvin Fulton, 21, of Waynesboro, Pa., was sentenced to 87 months in prison and Dwight Julius Fulton, also known as "DJ," 23, of Hagerstown, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Benson Everett, Rosenstein said.

Both men will have three years of supervised release after their sentences, Rosenstein said.

The Fultons distributed thousands of pills of oxycodone — a painkiller — and other prescription pills, according to their plea agreements. The Fultons obtained the pills through a series of robberies which they and co-conspirators committed at pharmacies in Western Maryland and Baltimore County, Rosenstein said.

One of the robberies occurred at a Rite Aid Pharmacy on West Hillcrest Road in Hagerstown on May 10, 2009, Rosenstein said.

Two individuals walked into the pharmacy. One stated he had a gun while the other individual shouted "grab the oxycontin," Rosenstein said.

The Home Care Pharmacy on Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg was robbed July 14, 2009, and Schindel's Pharmacy on Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown was robbed on July 27, 2009, Rosenstein said.

Other pharmacies were robbed by members of a conspiracy group, including Elvin Fulton, Rosenstein said. These robberies include a second robbery at Schindel's Pharmacy in Hagerstown on June 4, 2009, and a robbery of a Rite Aid Pharmacy on Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg on June 23, 2009, Rosenstein said.

Of the 7,638 pills stolen, some were consumed by the robbers, but most were distributed to members of the conspiracy group, lower-level drug dealers and addicts, Rosenstein said.

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