Police: Drug delivery truck targeted for robbery
WINCHESTER – A city man has been arrested for what authorities say was a plot to rob a delivery truck used to deliver prescription drugs to Valley Health System facilities.
Search warrant documents filed in Winchester Circuit Court state that the defendant, Rasheed Peters, 37, was planning the robbery with another man identified in the documents only as the day shift security supervisor at Winchester Medical Center.
The day shift supervisor has not been charged. But the search warrant affidavit filed by Virginia State Police Special Agent Jason Street states that the day shift supervisor, under questioning by another law enforcement officer, “stated that he was providing information to Peters regarding the delivery of the pharmaceuticals so that he could continue to buy pills from Peters.”
Street wrote in the affidavit that the day shift supervisor “stated that Peters planned on taking the delivery truck and driver hostage, driving to another location, tying the driver up and swapping the items in the delivery truck to a U-Haul truck.”
The search warrant document states a drug task force agent heard about the plot Nov. 16 from an inmate who was jailed with Peters at the Northwest Regional Adult Detention Center. The inmate said Peters, who had been released from the jail on or about Nov. 7, was planning to rob the delivery truck on Monday after it arrived at the receiving dock of the hospital.
The affidavit states that Peters was trying to recruit the inmate “to be a member of the team Peters was organizing to commit the robbery.”
Street wrote that “Peters advised (the inmate) that he had a member of the security force at Winchester Medical Center, who assisting Peters with intelligence and planning the robbery.”
Peters told the inmate that he had obtained photos of the camera system and security room at the medical center, the affidavit states.
Street wrote that the drug task force agent obtained phone records showing that Peters had contacted the day shift supervisor “approximately 1,200 times over the past two months and was the second most communicated person on Peters’s phone tolls.”
Street’s affidavit states that the day shift supervisor “confirmed information” given by the jail inmate “that he communicated with Peters via cell phone and text messages” about providing the defendant with zip ties, a common item used in the drug trade.
The affidavit states that the day shift supervisor “has been purchasing pills for approximately two months from Peters” and that the day shift supervisor knew of “numerous” others who had also been doing so during the same period of time.
“The purpose for the planned robbery is to obtain pills to sell,” the affidavit states.
Agents with the drug task force, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Winchester Police Department’s SWAT team executed a search warrant late Wednesday at Peters’s apartment at 2413 Papermill Road.
Lauren Cummings, community relations and crime prevention specialist with the Winchester Police Department, said Peters was arrested after the execution of the search warrant.
“I can tell you there was no chase,” Cummings said. “He was detained at his residence and subsequently arrested.”
Peters is being held without bond in the Northwestern Virginia Regional Adult Detention Center. He has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to abduct.
The search warrant inventory lists dozens of items seized in the apartment, including 12 cell phones, one digital camera, 21 capsules of unknown white powder, an unlabeled pill bottle containing several round white pills and a black digital scale and clear plastic bag with green plant material.
Law enforcement officials also executed a search warrant at the same residence on Oct. 30 after receiving what the affidavit describes as “information of narcotics activity” at the site.
The search warrant inventory from Oct. 30 lists a 9 mm pistol and a .22 caliber rifle among the items recovered.
The search warrant affidavit from Nov. 18 describes Peters as “a convicted felon” with “a violent criminal history to include firearms charges.”
The case remains under investigation.
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