One man is being held in the Wake County Detention Center and multiple agencies are looking for another wanted in several pharmacy robberies, including the July 24 heist of Spears Pharmacy.
Roanoke Rapids police Chief Shane Guyant said trafficking amounts of medication were stolen in the Spears robbery — 98 varieties of medications representing thousands of prescription pills including Oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, amphetamines and others.
In the investigation of the local case, Guyant said investigators, “especially Sergeant M. Worrell, have expended a great deal of effort using technology, forensic evidence and strong police work to identify two suspects wanted in connection with this (the Roanoke Rapids robbery) and several other pharmacy robberies.”
Worrell obtained warrants on Ramon Mondell Anderson, 35, of Raleigh, who is in custody in Wake County, and Andre Deshawn Dixon Jr., 30, of Durham, who hasn’t been taken into custody.
In the gallery: Anderson, left, and Dixon
Guyant said the investigation has been conducted with the police departments of Durham, Hope Mills, Raleigh and New York City.
Anderson faces Roanoke Rapids charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, trafficking opium, and conspiracy to traffick opium. Dixon faces the same counts.
The Raleigh Police Department and Wake County Sheriff’s Office arrested Anderson on August 3 for offenses in Wake and Johnston counties.
The Wake County offenses include charges for possession of a firearm by felon, possession of a stolen firearm, armed robbery, and conspiracy to traffick in opium.
The Johnston County offenses include hit and run, resisting a public officer, assault on a female, and assault by pointing a gun. He also has a pending charge in Durham County for carrying a concealed pistol.
He is currently being held in the Wake County Detention Center without the opportunity for bond and has a Friday appearance scheduled in Halifax County District Court.
Guyant said Anderson’s criminal history includes a 2009 conviction in Northampton County for felony possession of cocaine and resisting a public officer.
In the Spears robbery the masked and armed men moved all employees to the back at gunpoint and used a garbage bag to fill it with specific narcotics which were described as controlled substances.
“The Roanoke Rapids Police Department worked around the clock to identify the culprits in this case,” Guyant said. “We also had a very productive interaction with other law enforcement agencies who wanted to get these two individuals off the streets. These two were dangerous. They scared a lot of people. Their reign of terror and thievery could have gotten someone seriously injured or even worse.”
The chief thanked all the cooperating agencies and “Worrell for her tenacious attention to this investigation.”
Guyant said the police department has contacted the United States Attorney’s Office.
He said Dixon is considered extremely armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police department at 252-533-2810 or Crimestoppers via its web link