Co-defendant Sentenced to 26 Years in Prison for Pharmacy Robberies

by Patrick Herron

According to the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office, “In the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD, the Honorable John Maloney sentenced defendant, Carlos Zackery, 26, of Washington, D.C., to 100 years in prison suspend all but 26 years and five years of supervised probation upon release. The sentence was handed down on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. The defendant pleaded guilty in this case in September 2022 to six armed robberies, nine first degree assaults, and two conspiracy to commit armed robbery charges.

It all stems from the armed robberies of two pharmacies:
-December 23rd 2021: the Walgreens on the 6900 block of Arlington Road in Bethesda where 5,692 pills were stolen with an estimated value of $15,866.
-January 4th 2022: the Giant Foods pharmacy on the 3800 block of International Drive in Silver Spring where 4,950 pills and 1,237 ml of controlled dangerous substance fluids were stolen with a total estimated value of $33,128.

A codefendant in this case, Zackery’s half-brother, Dionte Taylor, 25, of unknown address, was sentenced on January 20, 2023 to 65 years with all but 12 suspended, and five years of supervised probation upon release. He had plead guilty to 13 counts related to the armed robberies.

“These defendants terrorized pharmacy employees and customers. We are grateful to Assistant State’s Attorneys Peter Larson and Sheila Bagheri for their work in this matter along with the pharmacy clerk who bravely activated the silent alarm and to Montgomery County Police. In the case of the most recent robbery, officers were able to prevent thousands of narcotics and opioid pills from hitting the streets,” said State’s Attorney John McCarthy.


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