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May 26, 2017  
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Kentucky Man Convicted of Pharmacy Robbery and Intent to Distribute Hydrocodone

MAY 26 (LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Miguel David Ayala, 38, of Cynthiana, Kentucky, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury of pharmacy robbery and possession with intent to distribute Hydrocodone pills.

The jury returned the verdict after a 3-day trial. The evidence established that on July 8th, 2015 Ayala robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Executive Drive in Lexington, Kentucky. During the robbery, Ayala, who was armed with a handgun, stole approximately 4,000 Hydrocodone pills. Hydrocodone is a Schedule II controlled substance. The evidence also established that after the robbery Ayala possessed the stolen Hydrocodone pills with intent to distribute them.

Carlton S. Shier, IV, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Timothy J. Plancon, Special Agent-in-Charge of the DEA Detroit Field Division; Mark G. Barnard, Chief of the Lexington Division of Police; and Ray Johnson, Chief of the Cynthiana Police Department, jointly made the announcement today.

The investigation was conducted by the DEA, Lexington Police Department, and the Cynthiana Police Department. The United States was represented in the trial by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.

Ayala is currently scheduled to appear for sentencing before Senior Judge Joseph M. Hood in Lexington on August 28, 2017. 

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