Seattle Man Pleads Guilty to Pharmacy Robbery
MAY 08 -- (Seattle) – DEA Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Arnold R. Moorin and the United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Jeffrey Sullivan, announced today that Daniel B. Douglas, 27, of Seattle, Washington, pleaded guilty to robbing and attempting to rob Washington State pharmacies.
In his guilty plea, Douglas acknowledged that on February 7, 2009, he entered the Rite-Aid Pharmacy located at 7500A 196 th Street SW, Lynnwood, Washington, and presented a hand-written note to the pharmacist stating he had a gun and demanding oxycodone. Oxycodone is a highly abused and addictive Schedule II controlled substance. Douglas received multiple bottles of oxycodone and fled the scene.
Twelve days later, Douglas entered the Bob Johnson Pharmacy located at 1407 NW 85 th Street, Seattle, Washington, and presented a hand-written note to the pharmacist stating he had a gun and demanding oxycodone. Instead of returning to the counter with the drugs, the pharmacist returned with a semi-automatic pistol, which he pointed at Douglas who fled the store. Later that evening, Douglas was arrested and confessed to both of the above crimes, as well as to an addiction to oxycodone.
In addition to pleading guilty, Douglas agreed to pay restitution to the pharmacy and to assist in public education efforts regarding the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse. Douglas is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31, 2009
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Seattle Police Department.