Murrell's Inlet Man Indicted for Drug Store Robberies
MAY 13 -- Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney William N. Nettles and Rodney G. Benson, Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Atlanta Field Division, announced today that Jason Cooke, age 21, of Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina, was indicted by a federal grand jury for twice robbing the CVS pharmacy at Highway 17 Bypass in Murrell’s Inlet with a firearm, conspiracy, and possessing with intent to distribute the oxycodone.
The charges are the result of an investigation into consecutive robberies of the CVS pharmacy last February and March by the same individual demanding the powerful prescription painkiller oxycodone. On both occasions, the robber pointed a firearm at the pharmacist and made off with a quantity of the drugs.
The maximum penalty Cooke could receive is life imprisonment, and he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 32 years imprisonment.
Mr. Nettles stated that the case was investigated by investigators of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Diversion Unit and Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, and that he has assigned the case to Assistant United States Attorney Peter T. Phillips of the Charleston office for prosecution.
The United States Attorney stated that all charges in this Indictment are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
DEA Atlanta’s SAC Benson encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.