A federal grand jury in Pittsburgh has accused three Ohio men of an eight-month pharmacy robbery spree in a scheme to sell stolen opioid painkillers and dozens of other types of prescription medication on the street, U.S. Scott W. Brady said .
Abdulrahman Abdelaziz Jamea, 21, Arthur Lee II, 21, and Mohammed Jibril, 19, all of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, were charged with armed pharmacy robbery and conspiracy to distribute Schedule II controlled substances, Brady said.
Between late September and May 10, the three defendants are accused of brandishing what appeared to be a gun to rob six pharmacies in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio, a seven-count indictment said.
The affected stores included: CVS Pharmacy on Erie Street in Edinboro on Sept. 27, Rite Aid on Third Street in Beaver on Nov. 17, CVS Pharmacy on Centre Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood on Nov. 22, Rite Aid on Green Street in Marietta, Ohio on Dec. 2; CVS Pharmacy on Pine Avenue in Erie on Dec. 7 and Rite Aid on Chartiers Street in Bridgeville on May 10.
At the Marietta Rite Aid, the defendants brandished “what appeared to be a firearm, but which may have been a BB or pellet gun.” They struck a pharmacist with it before making off with $447 in cash, the indictment said.
Among the types of drugs the defendants planned to sell, according to the indictment: Oxycontin, Adderall, codeine sulfate, methadone and hydrocodone.
They also pocketed between $400 and $500 from the cash register at each location, the indictment said.
Each defendant faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison, Brady said.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy is prosecuting the case.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, state police, Pittsburgh police, Bridgeville police and the Ohio Highway Patrol assisted in the investigation.