Feds indict 5 for robbing Middletown pharmacies

A federal grand jury returned two indictments Tuesday charging five men with robbing two Middletown pharmacies, according to a U.S. Dept. of Justice press release.

The men are accused of stealing prescription drugs including morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone so that they could sell the drugs on the street.

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The grand jury charged Dayton’s Calvin Cavonte Tribble, 19, and Savon Anthony Davis, 23, with attempted robbery of a pharmacy in Middletown on April 18 and robbing the pharmacy on April 19.

In a separate indictment, the grand jury charged three Indianapolis men — Eric Lamont Bates, 20, Yasar Jamal Burnett, 18, and Brandon Lee Dawson, 19 — with conspiracy to rob another Middletown pharmacy of morphine and oxycodone on April 29.

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The grand jury charged the defendants with conspiracy, robbery by force, interference with commerce by threats of violence, and possession with intent to distribute the drugs. Each count carries a maximum punishment of up to 20 years in prison.

Middletown police arrested the defendants and filed state charges. All defendants appeared in federal court. Davis was released with conditions. The other four are being held without bond pending trial.

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