Feds indict ringleader, 7 others for string of pharmacy robberies

Federal prosecutors have identified the ringleader of a suspected pharmacy robbery operation, according to recently unsealed federal court records.

Eight serial pharmacy robbery suspects have been re-indicted as part of one conspiracy, according to a 10-count indictment filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Jamar “Boo” Warren, 21, of Dayton was named as the organizer of a plan to rob controlled substances and he recruited at least seven other men to forcibly take drugs from pharmacies and sell them on the street, according to a superseding indictment.

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The other defendants indicted are Calvin C. Tribble, Savon A. Davis, Martez Henderson, Tiwonne Montgomery, Kenneth Evans Jr., Brandon Freeman and David Harris.

Warren didn’t appear Thursday for a scheduled preliminary hearing. His attorney, James Fleisher, said, “I am reviewing the charges” and that “Mr. Warren will enter pleas of not guilty.”

Harris, 18, was released before trial but subject to various conditions. His attorney said Harris is a senior-to-be at Dayton’s Dunbar High School.

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U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington told Harris he had to be supervised, seek or continue employment, avoid potential victims, witnesses and co-defendants, get medical or psychological treatment, not have a firearm, not use narcotics and attend all court hearings, including misdemeanor cases in Dayton and Vandalia municipal courts.

Many other defendants have court hearings scheduled on Monday.

The indictment said the men mostly aged 18 to 21 were responsible for pharmacy robberies in CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and other pharmacies in Fairfield, Middletown, Franklin, Hamilton, Westerville, Trotwood, Dayton, Oakwood, Kettering, Beavercreek, Moraine, Vandalia, Union Twp. and Cincinnati.

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The indictment said Warren “instructed them how to execute the scheme, including: to act natural upon entering the pharmacy; go to the pharmacy counter as if to turn in a prescription; and then pass a note indicating that this was a robbery.”

The men were then instructed to make sure the note said it was an armed robbery, imply threat of harm if the pharmacist didn’t comply, instruct the pharmacy employee to fill two bags with a list of specific prescription drugs and for the person handing the note to act like they had a firearm, the indictment alleged.

Warren also allegedly told the others to walk out after the robbery to a car parked a couple businesses away with a driver waiting.

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“Upon completion of the robbery, the co-conspirators would give controlled substances to Warren and others for further distribution,” the court document said.

Drugs taken included hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, alprazolam, Tussionex, dextroamp-amphetamin and promethazine. Warren also is accused of possessing and intending to distribute some of those drugs plus heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.


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