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Essex County Man Sentenced to 138 Months in Prison for Armed Robberies of Three Pharmacies

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Essex County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 138 months in prison for committing three armed robberies of pharmacies in Elizabeth, New Jersey, for oxycodone and other prescription medication, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Charles Johnson, 28, of Irvington, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Karen M. Williams to an information charging him with three counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Judge Williams imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Throughout June and July 2022, Johnson robbed three different pharmacies in Elizabeth using a similar approach for each of the robberies, including brandishing a firearm, committing the robberies in the morning, demanding that employees of the pharmacies provide Johnson with oxycodone, promethazine, and other prescription medication, and threatening to shoot individuals in the pharmacies with a firearm. Law enforcement officials collected extensive video surveillance footage that linked Johnson to the robberies.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Williams sentenced Johnson to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark; the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor William A. Daniel; and the Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Chief Giacomo Sacca, for the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Stern of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.

Updated February 14, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-056