$80 a tablet

Ottawa Police charge an Ottawa man in relation to a pharmacy robbery

By Maria, February 26, 2010, Comments(0)
February 26, 2010 (Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service has charged an adult male following a robbery in the 3000 block of Strandherd Drive.On December 17, 2009, at approximately 1:40 pm, a lone male entered the Shoppers Drug Mart situated in the 3000 block of Strandherd Drive. He approached the pharmacy counter and produced a note indicating that he had a weapon and wanted oxycontin. There was no weapon seen. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of narcotics prior to police arrival. Witnesses provided police with a description of the getaway vehicle.

On February 25, 2010, an Ottawa man was arrested in connection with this robbery. Samir AYAD, 19-years-old of Ottawa, is charged with one count of Robbery, one count of Conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, one count of Accessory and one count of Fail to comply with conditions of undertaking. He is scheduled to appear in court on February 26, 201

Two other suspects remain outstanding. One of the suspects is described as a black male, approximately 171 cm (5’7”), 17-19 years-old, wearing a black toque, dark coloured scarf and a black winter jacket. There is no description available for the second suspect.

Anyone with information for this, or any other robbery, is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Robbery Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116, or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).

Pharmacists protect themselves


Last Updated: April 8, 2010 3:13pm
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Getting an Oxycontin fix has become harder for drug thieves in Calgary, say some pharmacists.

Following a rash of Oxycontin heists in the city over the past year, pharmacies are tightening up their practices, said Todd Gehring, a pharmacist who was robbed for the powerful opiate at knifepoint last year.

“There’s a heightened awareness — we’re a lot more careful in reducing the amount of Oxycontin on hand,” said the pharmacist at Holy Cross Medicine Centre, 2210 2 St. S.W.

“It’s like ‘give us a day’s notice for Oxycontin and we’ll have it for you.’”

Last July, a man feigning illness leapt the counter at Ghering’s pharmacy, indicating he had a knife and forced him to hand over about $1,200 worth of the drug.

“There were other narcotics there but he only demanded the Oxycontin,” said Gehring, adding he pressed his body against the robber’s arm to prevent him from unsheathing the knife.

“I think that caught him off guard.”

The man was arrested, said Gehring, after robbing several other pharmacies that day.

Pharmacies are now keeping the drug in safes that only open five minutes after being activated, he said.

“The robber’s not going to wait around until the safe’s open,” said Gehring, adding the system has proven successful in the U.S.

Staff awareness training has also been enhanced, he said.

As well, pharmacies are using Alberta’s medical electronic records system to keep big ticket drugs off the street.

The potentially lethal pharmaceutical has a street value of $80 a tablet and can produce effects similar to heroin.


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