Pharmacy drug ring busted by authorities
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police said three people are behind bars in connection with more than two dozen pharmacy burglaries across two states that resulted in about a million dollars worth of stolen drugs.
News 2 first reported the details of the year-long investigation on Oct. 10, the same day LSP and Baton Rouge Police SWAT made several arrests in connection with the burglary ring.
State Police said on Thursday that Shelton Broadway, Keeshla Stagg, and Ladnell Womack faced multiple charges for breaking into 25 pharmacies across multiple Louisiana parishes as well as in Mississippi. State Police said they busted into the pharmacies using sledgehammers before making off with dozens of bottles and boxes of pills.
Investigators also arrested three other people, Joshua Womack, Roderick Harris, and Mentreal Stagg, for resisting arrest while they served the warrants on Oct. 10.
Troopers said they first came across the similarities in the burglaries earlier this year, and connected the three to the thefts. During more searches on Oct. 23 investigators said they found a storage unit with bottles and bottles of pills as well as other stolen drugs.
Detectives believe once all the drugs are counted they could be worth more than $1 million.