Four Philadelphia men are facing 49 charges of burglary and attempted burglary for allegedly breaking into pharmacies to steal opioids. They allegedly targeted pharmacies in the city and surrounding suburban areas, including Lower Bucks.
A Second Superseding Indictment charges William Limper, 41, Raul Rivera, 42, Michael Dombrowski, 30, and Robert Hopkins, 24 in the alleged conspiracy.
Authorities say the goal of the coordinated effort, which lasted five years, was to get oxycodone and Percocet tablets. Then, the suspects would sell these Schedule II drugs for profit.
With masks covering their faces and an ear to police scanners, the team reportedly hit their targets at night. When they made their move, they used crowbars to force their way inside the buildings.
The indictment alleges this conspiracy was incredibly thorough. Using stolen vehicles, the suspects were able to flee the scene if any police arrived.
Authorities claim the four men hid their vehicles, clothes, and tools in a commercial storage lot.
U.S. Attorney William McSwain announced the charges Thursday. He thanked the more than 20 law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.
“These charges are a huge blow to this sophisticated burglary and drug distribution organization,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “As alleged, these defendants were able to carry out their conspiracy for years – terrorizing communities and small businesses all across the region, and adding to the scourge of the opioid epidemic for their own benefit.”
The defendants are facing substantial sentences if convicted. Their potential prison time and fines are listed below:
- William Limper faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment and a $16,750,000 fine.
- Raul Rivera faces a maximum 1,010 years’ imprisonment and a $14,250,000 fine.
- Michael Dombrowski faces a maximum 310 years’ imprisonment and a $5,500,000 fine.
- Robert Hopkins faces a maximum 470 years’ imprisonment and a $7,500,000 fine.
Several law enforcement departments in Lower Bucks aided in this investigation including:
- The Bristol Township Police Department,
- The Bristol Borough Police Department,
- The Lower Southampton Township Police Department, and
- The Falls Township Police Department.