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Investigators with the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit have laid multiple charges against a pharmacist and two others following a pharmacy robbery in the Town of Georgina.

On Saturday, September 2, 2017, shortly before 9 a.m., police responded to a robbery call at a pharmacy located on Pefferlaw Road.  The pharmacist advised that when he was unlocking the store to start his day, two male suspects wearing balaclavas approached him and indicated they had a gun. He advised that the suspects demanded narcotics from the safe and fled the store with a quantity of fentanyl and other drugs.

Officer conducted a thorough investigation and on September 20, 2017, a warrant was executed at a residence in the Town of Georgina and two people were arrested and charged.

On September 21, 2017, the pharmacist was arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

CHARGED:

Michael Christopher YAMASAKI, 61, of Markham

CHARGES:

• Conspiracy to Commit Break and Enter
• Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking Controlled Substance
• Public Mischief
• Theft Over $5,000

CHARGED:

Geoffrey PRIOR, 50, of Georgina

CHARGES:

• Conspiracy to Commit Break and Enter
• Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking Controlled Substance
• Theft Over $5,000
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking x2
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

CHARGED:

Wendy PAGE, 40, of Georgina

CHARGES:

• Conspiracy to Commit Trafficking Controlled Substance  Theft Over $5,000
• Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking
• Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

York Regional Police continues to warn the public about the dangers associated with the recreational use of illegal drugs, like fentanyl, as people may not know the risks associated with this drug. Fentanyl is an opioid-based pain killer roughly 100 times stronger than morphine. Recreational drug users who cut or manipulate a fentanyl patch and ingest, inject or smoke a gel form of the drug should be aware that a fatal overdose can occur. Fentanyl is extremely potent and once a patch is altered there is no way of determining the concentration of the substance.  Numerous deaths from fentanyl overdoses have occurred across North America. We urge citizens to be cautious and only use fentanyl as prescribed by a medical doctor.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Hold-Up Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6631, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip by sending TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.