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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Florida Man Indicted For Armed Pharmacy Robbery

 Jacksonville, FL –United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces the unsealing of an indictment charging Jesse Rance Moore (45, Bell) with Hobbs Act robbery, robbery involving controlled substances, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of crimes of violence. If convicted on all counts, Moore faces a minimum mandatory term of seven years, and up to life, in federal prison.

According to the indictment, on or about January 13, 2022, Moore robbed the North Florida Pharmacy of Fort White. During the robbery, Moore brandished a firearm and took pharmaceutical drugs and controlled substances from an employee of the pharmacy. Moore was arrested and made his initial appearance on June 27, 2022. 

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration,  the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake City Police Department, the Chiefland Police Department, and the Florida Highway Patrol. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kirwinn Mike.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses
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Updated June 29, 2022