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Southern District of Ohio

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Final Defendants Sentenced in Pharmacy Roberries Case

DAYTON – The final two of eight defendants were sentenced in U.S. District Court today for their roles in pharmacy robberies in Fairfield, Middletown, Franklin, Hamilton, Westerville, Trotwood, Dayton, Oakwood, Kettering, Beavercreek, Moraine, Vandalia, Union Township and Cincinnati.

Tiwonne Montgomery, 22, of Dayton, was sentenced to 51 months in prison and Martez Henderson, 21, of Dayton, was sentenced to 14 months in prison. Montgomery’s sentence will be served concurrently with a state sentence for a separate pharmacy robbery.

Benjamin C. Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Angela Byers, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati and Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw announced the sentences handed down today by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.

In May 2017, a federal grand jury returned indictments charging individuals with robbing two Middletown pharmacies and stealing prescription drugs including morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone for the purpose of selling the drugs on the street.

The grand jury charged two Dayton men, Calvin Cavonte Tribble and Savon Anthony Davis, with attempted robbery of a pharmacy in Middletown on April 18, 2017 and robbing the pharmacy on April 19. Tribble and Davis were each sentenced to 16 months in prison.

In July, a 10-count superseding indictment added six defendants who also allegedly conspired to rob pharmacies between March and June 2017 in Fairfield, Middletown, Franklin, Hamilton, Westerville, Trotwood, Dayton, Oakwood, Kettering, Beavercreek, Moraine, Vandalia, Union Township and Cincinnati.

It was part of the alleged conspiracy that defendants would approach the pharmacy counter at CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Best Pharmacy locations as if to turn in a prescription to be filled. In actuality, the slip of paper included a note that this was an armed robbery and the pharmacist would be harmed if they did not comply. The note demanded pharmacy employees to fill two bags with a list of controlled substances identified by name, amount and prescription dosage.

Those charged in the superseding indictment include Henderson; Montgomery; Kenneth Evans, Jr., who was sentenced to 42 months in prison; Brandon Freeman, who was sentenced to 27 months in prison; David Harris, who was sentenced to 20 months in prison and Jamar Warren, who was sentenced to 54 months in prison.

U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation of this case by the Middletown Police and the FBI, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys Amy M. Smith and Brent Tabacchi, who are representing the United States in the case.

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Opioids
Prescription Drugs
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jennifer.thornton@usdoj.gov
Updated July 31, 2018