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Four Men Indicted in String of Pharmacy and Bank Robberies Stretching from Western Maryland to Baltimore

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May 26, 2010

Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Elvin Fulton, age 20, of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania; his brother, Dwight Julius Fulton, a/k/a “DJ,” age 22; Luis Maldonando, a/k/a “Ant,” age 26; and Justin Broadus, age 22, all of Hagerstown, Maryland, on charges related to a string of pharmacy and bank robberies from Western Maryland to Baltimore County.

The indictment was 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.

“This indictment illustrates the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse in this country. DEA is seeing a rise in prescription drugs sold along with illicit drugs in open air drug markets. 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 a profit. As an agency, DEA will go after these organizations utilizing all the same tools and methods used to dismantle illicit drug trafficking organizations,” said Special Agent in Charge Ava Cooper-Davis of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Washington Field Division.

According to the 17 count indictment, from at least fall 2008, to the present, the defendants conspired to distribute oxycodone, known as Oxycontin and Percocet. During the same time, the indictment charges that Justin Broadus conspired to possess with intent to distribute crack cocaine, and on three occasions from September 1 to September 29, 2009, possessed crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. The indictment alleges that beginning in spring 2009, Elvin Fulton, Dwight Fulton and Luis Maldonado conspired to rob pharmacies in Hagerstown, Smithsburg, Baltimore and Timonium, Maryland, in order to obtain oxycodone and morphine.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that Elvin Fulton: robbed the Magnolia Square Pharmacy located at 41 N. Walnut Street in Hagerstown of oxycodone on April 21, 2009; robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 825 West Hillcrest Road in Hagerstown of morphine on May 10, 2009; and robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 22411 Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg of oxycodone on June 23, 2009. Further, the indictment alleges that on May 15, 2009, Elvin and Dwight Fulton robbed the Lykos Pharmacy at 2101 York Road in Timonium and the Austin Pharmacy at 6729 York Road in Baltimore, stealing oxycodone from both pharmacies. On June 4, 2009, Elvin Fulton and Luis Maldonado allegedly robbed Schindel’s Pharmacy at 642 Oak Hill Avenue in Hagerstown and on July 27, 2009, the indictment alleges that Dwight Fulton and Luis Maldonado robbed the same pharmacy, in both instances stealing oxycodone. According to the indictment, on July 14, 2009, Dwight Fulton and Luis Maldonado also robbed the Home Care Pharmacy on 22933 Jefferson Boulevard in Smithsburg, allegedly stealing oxycodone.

Finally, the indictment alleges that on May 11 and May 15, 2009, respectively, Luis Maldonado robbed the Washington County Teachers Federal Credit Union at 16802 Virginia Avenue in Williamsport and the Susquehanna Bank at 13418 Marsh Pike in Hagerstown, stealing a total of $12,333. On June 25, 2009, the indictment charges that Maldonado and Dwight Fulton robbed the Sovereign Bank at 140 Paul Smith Boulevard in Hagerstown, stealing $2,564.

The defendants face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. The Fultons and Luis Maldonado face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit robbery involving controlled substances and a maximum of 20 years in prison for each robbery involving controlled substances. Justin Broadus faces a maximum of 40 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and a maximum of 20 years in prison for each of three counts of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine. Luis Maldonado and Dwight Fulton also face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for each count of bank robbery. No court appearance has been scheduled and all the defendants remain detained.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

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

 

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