East Tennessee pharmacy robbery ring busted

East Tennessee pharmacy robbery ring busted

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Daniel Gibson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office) Daniel Gibson (source: Knox County Sheriff's Office)

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - FBI agents say the five men behind a violent pharmacy robbery ring targeting East Tennessee are now facing charges. They are accused of hitting four CVS stores in Knoxville and one in Bristol.

Investigators say Daniel Gibson, 23, was the one who jumped over the counter each time and pointed his gun at pharmacy employees, twice firing shots.

Agents say the crime spree started at a CVS on Alcoa Highway on September 14, 2010. They say the men pointed a gun at a pharmacy worker and demanded OxyContin. Then agents say they took off in a stolen truck.

The same suspects allegedly returned two months later and robbed the same store again, using another stolen truck.

In October the ring is accused of hitting a CVS on Chapman Highway, pointing a gun at two pharmacy workers and firing their weapon. No one was hurt. Once again, investigators say the men took off in a stolen truck.

Agents say the men went on to rob a Bristol CVS and then one in Knoxville in December on Kingston Pike in Bearden.

The FBI says it was there that Gibson grabbed a woman by her hair at gunpoint and slammed her head into the pharmacy safe as she was trying to open it.

Agents say the men sold their stolen pills from Po Boys Used Tires on Chapman Highway.

The other men charged in this case are Donald Hopson, Jr., 56; Mortan Moore, 43; Dewyatt Hill, 54; and James Marable, 47. They're facing a long list of charges with possible sentences ranging from at least 32 years to at least 107 years.

The FBI says catching the men was a team effort with the Knoxville Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

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