Dalbert Rodriguez, 29, of Holyoke and Amherst, Massachusetts, has been arrested and charged with armed robbery of prescription drugs from an East Hartford CVS store in October.
Rodriguez was arrested Wednesday in Massachusetts, and appeared in federal court in New Haven on Wednesday afternoon.
According to court documents, Rodriguez may be involved in a series of similar armed robberies at pharmacies in the Greater Hartford area and in Western Massachusetts.
The robberies usually involved an armed suspect stealing large quantities of prescription drugs, authorities said.
According to court documents, Rodriguez entered the CVS located at 972 Silver Lane in East Hartford around 9:00 p.m. He then proceeded to the pharmacy counter where he displayed a handgun to the pharmacist, and stole numerous narcotics from the pharmacy’s safe.
The complaint charges Rodriguez with interference with commerce through threat of violence and conspiracy, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and possession and conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to distribute.
This series of robberies is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the East Hartford Police Department, with the assistance of the Cromwell Police Department, the Amherst, Mass. Police Department, and other state and local law enforcement agencies.