PHILADELPHIA — Two Philadelphia men face various federal charges
“for a series of violent robberies across the Delaware Valley over a four month period early last year,”
according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Darryl Goodman, 55, and Nieem Cann, 26, were arrested and charged with
“offenses including conspiracy, Hobbs Act robbery, brandishing a firearm, carjacking, and possession of fentanyl with intent to deliver.”
A ten-count Indictment alleges Goodman and Cann targeted the delivery company handling the pharmaceutical supplies, TXX Services.
The feds say,
“For each robbery, the defendants — working with other co-conspirators — would travel to TXX Services’ warehouse in Cherry Hill, N.J., in the early morning hours and then follow a delivery van along its route. Goodman and Cann would then assault the driver in the course of a delivery, carjack the delivery van and abduct the victim, and drive the van to another location in order to raid its supplies and resell them on the street. In one of the incidents alleged in the Indictment, the robbery of a TXX delivery worker at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital [in Darby, Delaware County] in March, 2019, the defendants managed to steal over $140,000 worth of controlled substances and hospital supplies, including numerous vials of fentanyl citrate, a highly addictive opioid pain medicine.”
The robberies and attempted robberies happened between February and May, 2019, and
“spanned a large geographic area that includes the City of Philadelphia, Montgomery County, Delaware County and into New Jersey.”
According to U.S. Attorney William McSwain,
“The TXX employees were simply doing their jobs, delivering much-needed medicine and supplies to healthcare centers, and of course should not have had to worry about having a gun pointed at them. It takes a special kind of depravity to steal medicine and hospital supplies in this manner.”
Michael T. Harpster, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, added,
“They did so in order to steal and sell controlled pharmaceuticals, including fentanyl, on the street. … Know that the Philadelphia Violent Crimes Task Force is working each and every day to stop dangerous criminals who have decided to make their money preying on the public.”
If convicted, both Goodman and Cann face sentences of life imprisonment.
According to the U.S. Justice Department, The Hobbs Act
“prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate or foreign commerce. … The statute is frequently used in connection with cases involving public corruption, commercial disputes, violent criminals and street gangs, and corruption directed at members of labor unions.”
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