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Brothers Sentenced to Prison for Distribution of Oxycodone Related to a String of Pharmacy Robberies Stretching from Western Maryland to Baltimore

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March 15, 2011

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg sentenced Elvin Fulton, age 21, of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, to 87 months in prison, and his brother, Dwight Julius Fulton, a/k/a “DJ,” age 23; of Hagerstown, Maryland, to 10 years in prison, each followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, related to a string of pharmacy robberies from Western Maryland to Baltimore County.

The sentences were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division; Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith; Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore; Chief James W. Johnson of the Baltimore County Police Department; Colonel Terrence Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police; and Washington County State’s Attorney Charles P. Strong.

According to their plea agreements, in the spring and summer of 2009, Elvin and DJ Fulton distributed thousands of pills of oxycodone, and other prescription pills. The Fultons obtained these pills from a series of robberies that they and their co-conspirators committed of pharmacies in Western Maryland and Baltimore County.

This series of robberies began in the spring of 2009. On May 10, 2009, Elvin Fulton and another individual robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy on West Hillcrest Road in Hagerstown. Elvin Fulton and the other individual walked into the pharmacy, with one advising the pharmacy technicians that he had a gun, and the other shouting “Grab the Oxycontin!” After taking pills from a cabinet behind the pharmacy counter, Elvin Fulton and the other individual fled the pharmacy.

On May 15, 2009, Elvin Fulton, D.J. Fulton, and another individual attempted to rob the Lykos Pharmacy onYork Road in Timonium, Maryland. Elvin Fulton drove DJ and the other individual to the Lykos Pharmacy, where DJ and the co-conspirator entered the pharmacy. Again, one of the individuals advised that they had a gun, and demanded the pharmacy’s oxycodone. When the pharmacy technicians did not move to give the robbers the oxycodone, the robbers fled the pharmacy. Later that day, Elvin Fulton, D.J. Fulton, and the other individual robbed the Austin Pharmacy on York Road in Towson, Maryland. Elvin Fulton went into the pharmacy, handed a pharmacy employee a note demanding the pharmacy’s Oxycontin and advising that he had a gun.

On July 14, 2009, D.J. Fulton and another individual robbed Home Care Pharmacy located on Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg, Maryland, with DJ Fulton driving the other individual to the pharmacy. The other individual went into the Home Care Pharmacy and demanded the pharmacy’s Oxycontin, Percocets, and cash. After the pharmacy technicians gave the robber the pills, D.J. Fulton and the other individual split the pills for distribution.

On July 27, 2009, D.J. Fulton and another individual robbed Schindel’s Pharmacy on Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown, with DJ Fulton again driving the other individual to the pharmacy. The other individual walked into Schindel’s Pharmacy, and asked for the Oxycontin and Percocet. As with the other pharmacy robberies, D.J. Fulton and the other individual split the pills after the robbery.

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

In total, 7,638 pills were stolen from the pharmacy robberies. Some of these pills were consumed by the robbers, but most were distributed to members of the conspiracy and other lower level drug dealers and addicts.

Lastly, DJ Fulton and Luis Maldonado robbed the Sovereign Bank on Paul Smith Boulevard, in Hagerstown. DJ Fulton drove Maldonado to the Sovereign Bank, where Maldonado robbed the bank of $2,564. Fulton and Maldonado split the proceeds of the robbery.

Luis Maldonado, a/k/a “Ant,” age 27, of Hagerstown, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and was sentenced to 46 months in prison.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Mushtaq Gunja and Robert R. Harding, who prosecuted the case.

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