HOUSTON – Four men are in custody and two are at large in relation to the theft of various opioids and stimulants such as OxyContin and Adderall, respectively, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
A federal grand jury returned the sealed indictment Oct. 20, 2020, which was unsealed today, charging Houston residents Drexel Andre Ferguson, 32, Tyshawndre Dameion Mathis, 23, Frederick Bernard Eli, 28, Kenneth Ray Griffin, 33, Latrell Rayshod Phillips, 25, and Devon Lee Hailey, 42. With the exception of Hailey and Griffin, the others have already made appearances and remain in custody pending further criminal proceedings.
Griffin and Hailey are considered fugitives and warrants remain outstanding for their arrests. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact the FBI at 713-693-5000.
The seven-count indictment alleges three pharmacy burglaries, possession with intent to distribute Schedule II opioids and stimulants and conspiracy to do so.
Ferguson, Mathis, Eli and Phillips allegedly burglarized two Randalls pharmacies Nov. 4, and 11, 2017, respectively. The indictment also charges Ferguson, Griffin and Hailey with the burglary of a CVS pharmacy April 10, 2018.
The charges allege the theft of various Schedule II opioids such as Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone and OxyContin in addition to stimulants including Amphetamine, Adderall, Dextroamphetamine, Mydayis, Lisdexamfetamine and Vyvanse.
Each man is charged with possession with intent to distribute the opioids and stimulants stolen from the pharmacies, respectively, as well as conspiracy to possess and distribute the substances collectively stolen from all three pharmacies.
For his charges, Hailey could be sentenced up to 30 years in prison, while the others face a potential 20-year-sentence.
The FBI’s multi-agency gang task force conducted the investigation which included police departments in Houston and Baytown and Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Kusin and Christine Lu are prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.