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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Portland Man Pleads Guilty to Pharmacy Robbery

Contact: Michael J. Conley
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Jason
Campbell, 39, of Portland, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court before Judge Jon D. Levy to
pharmacy robbery.

According to court records and evidence introduced at the plea hearing, on April 11,
2014, Campbell entered the CVS pharmacy, located on Congress Street in Portland, carrying a
backpack. As he approached the pharmacy counter, he opened the backpack, said he had a
“bomb,” displayed what appeared to be a soda bottle with wires attached to it, and told the
pharmacist to evacuate the CVS and to close the gate in front of the store. He demanded the
opioid pain medications Duragesic (fentanyl), demerol and dilaudid and absconded after being
given the narcotics. He disposed of his outer clothing and the backpack in a nearby trash
can. He was located a short time later in the vicinity of his Portland residence and some of the
stolen narcotics were recovered. The investigation revealed that the bomb was not an explosive

Campbell faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both. He will be
sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Portland Police Department and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation.

Updated January 26, 2015