News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2008

Charlotte Man Indicted For Armed Robbery of Two South Carolina Pharmacies

APR 16 -- (Columbia, SC) - Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald stated today that Andy Huynh, age 25, of Charlotte, was indicted for armed robbery and weapons charges. The indictment charges that Huynh robbed the Walgreen’s Pharmacy in Gaffney last December, and the Lexington Walgreen’s Pharmacy on Main Street last March, both at gunpoint. Investigators allege that Huynh and two unidentified accomplices brandished handguns while they looted the pharmacies of stock bottles of narcotics, including oxycodone and hydrocodone products.

Mr. McDonald stated the maximum penalty Huynh could receive for each robbery is a fine of $250,000 and imprisonment of 20 years. The weapons violations carry consecutive penalties of seven years in prison for the first offense, and an additional 25 years for the second offense.

Mr. McDonald stated that the case was developed by investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration and that he has assigned the case to Assistant United States Attorney Winston D. Holliday, Jr., of the Columbia office for prosecution.

Mr. McDonald advised that the charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and that all defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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