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Does a recent Long Island pharmacy robbery/homicide bear the handprints of the covert operators?

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posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 12:51 PM
Does a recent Long Island pharmacy robbery/homicide bear the handprints of the covert operators?

On Sunday of 6-19-11 shortly after 10am, a man walked into the Haven Pharmacy in the town of Medford on New York's Long Island, spoke briefly with the pharmacist on duty, and then proceeded to fatally shoot the pharmacist, his assistant, and two customers. He allegedly filled a backpack with thousands of hydrocodone tablets and some other narcotics before escaping.

The dead victims:
Pharmacist Raymond Ferguson, 45
Clerk Jennifer Mejia, 17
Jamie Taccetta, 33
Byron Sheffield, 71

Just two days later police arrested one David Laffer, 33, for murder and his wife Melinda, 29, for being the getaway driver. They live nearby.

The evidence seemed to be convincing. Laffer resembled the suspect caught on the surveillance videos, and a dozen tipsters recognized him. He left a fingerprint at the crime scene. He owned a .45 cal handgun--the same caliber of weapon that killed the victims--and a test bullet from his weapon matched the slugs found at the crime scene. A witness waiting in the parking lot ID'ed Laffer as being the person seen fleeing the scene afterwards. And after being arrested the wife quickly broke down and confessed their crime. The motive was their pill popping habit and their desperation to feed their addiction. Just another 'robbery gone bad.' An open-and-shut case, if you believe the cops.

Or is it?

The tipsters who thought they recognized Laffer from the video remain anonymous. In my opinion the resemblance is not at all certain. It may be him or it may not be him. In the photos, the suspect is bearded and Laffer is not, so cops said he put on a 'fake' beard. Yet no fake beard was recovered during a search of the couple's home.

Nor is there any trace of the 10,000+ pills allegedly stolen from the pharmacy.

Investigators based their ballistics match using a bullet fired from Laffer's gun back in 1999, when he registered it with the local police department. But of course after 12 years of use the ballistics changes on the firing pin, the ejector pin, and the barrel due to wear. There is no evidence that a more recently fired test round matches the slugs pulled from the dead victims.

The incriminating fingerprint was found on a piece of paper found near one of the dead victims. Yet Laffer admittedly had been a customer at the pharmacy previously, and could have left the print at that time. And his wife said she gave him one of her painkiller prescriptions to 'aid' in the robbery. Was the fingerprint found on this prescription dropped at the scene? And if the couple had a legitimate prescription for hydrocodone, why would they resort to robbery to get their fix? Neither has so far been charged with forging a prescription. Is it not possible Laffer was merely a customer who was there to get his script filled, and fled the scene when he saw all the dead bodies laying on the floor, dropping the prescription on the way out? That would also account for the witness in the parking lot who said he recognized the suspect leaving the pharmacy.

The 'confession' of the wife is also suspect.

" "He did it. He did all of this," Brady told reporters. She seemed addled and disheveled... "

Who is 'he?' What is 'all of this?' When the wife made those statements, did she even realize they were being charged with murder? As both husband and wife were experienced pill-and-doctor shoppers, she may have initially thought they were in trouble merely for getting bogus scripts filled.

And even if she was talking about her husband, it probably would have been no big deal for the detectives to get her to say anything they wanted her to say, after working her over for several hours. She was described by friends as having a personality that was "eager to please." What she told the cops, what she said in front of reporters, and what she is going to say in front of the jury are three different things.

If you read the court documents, she only talks about an unnamed accomplice, and does not use the term 'husband' or the name 'David.' Read the court document here:
The felony complaint charging Brady with third-degree robbery does not identify her accomplice...

Also, a detective claimed the surveillance video shows the shooter wiping down the surfaces with which he came into contact. As there has been no mention of seven expended shell casings(a total of seven rounds were fired) recovered from the scene, it raises the possibility that the shooter took the time to recover them. Yet neither of these actions--wiping up any stray fingerprints and picking up your brass--fits the profile of a 'panicky junkie.' More like a professional hit man.


Laffer's background is interesting. He was in US Army Intelligence for eight years from 1994 to 2002.
Laffer graduated Patchogue-Medford High School in 1995. Records indicate he was stationed at Fort Huachuca in southeast Arizona, home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center where he was reportedly an intelligence analyst prior to returning to Long Island.

Police claimed they recovered 'numerous' other weapons in the search of his house, though they did not go into detail. A friend who visited previously says he noticed ammunition and hand grenades at the home. Hand Grenades? Where do you get that kind of gear?

And according to one nieghbor, Laffer had an unusual interest in a certain federal agency:
"He always talked about the FBI," Ayala said.

For what it's worth, both Laffer and his wife were 'missing in action' in the weeks prior to the robbery/homicide:
Trish Bohlert, a next-door neighbor, .... said she was shocked by the arrest and would never have thought that Laffer, who she had not seen in about a week, could commit such a crime.
Melinda had been hospitalized in recent weeks and was described as "out of it" by a neighbor.

If there is one constant to the covert op, it is the political changes that come in the aftermath, and they have not been long in coming:
NY bill aims to stem prescription drug trafficking
NEW YORK -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced legislation Tuesday that would create a database for doctors and pharmacists to report and monitor each time a prescription for a controlled substance is issued or dispensed. .... According to the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, originally created as a presidential commission, 48 states had enacted some form of prescription drug monitoring programs ....
The attorney general's office said the state database could become a model for other jurisdictions and complement federal efforts.

Problem, reaction, and now the solution. How often have we seen this pattern played out?

edit on 26-6-2011 by starviego because: (no reason given)

posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 12:57 PM
I am all for any conspiracy theory on this forum, that’s it's stock and trade, but what is the motive for this black op?

They don’t have the death penalty in New York State, is that what they might want to initiate over this horrible crime? Or is it your idea that this is another way they want to use as an excuse to ban guns?

posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 01:01 PM
Yeah I guess this is interesting and all but we really kind of need a motive or a reason. Is there a political motivation a la the death penalty or some covert operation to remove a tiny amount of pain pills from a pharmacy or was this LI pharmacist or his assistant maybe onto something big?

posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 01:19 PM
New state laws that complement federal efforts are already being floated to 'solve' the problem. Laffer was a federally trained intel operative. He may have had connections to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Right now legislation is working its way through the federal legislature(Congress) that would mandate psychological screening for every gun owner(the Blair/Holt Firearms Control Act). Laffer is a veteran and a gun owner, and you might be aware that both groups are in the crosshairs of the New World Order. The whole scenario fits very neatly into the agenda of the globalists.

“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” -FDR
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posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 01:34 PM

I find it funny how oxy's and perc's are completely legal. They turn people into pill popping junkies. By the time they become junkies, they probably aren't even popping them anymore, but most likely injecting or snorting. They start stealing and killing to get their next fix. They can overdose if they take too much.
Yet marijuana is still illegal.

posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 02:48 PM
I must say, I was very skeptical at the beginning of this read. Though you are right.. there are a lot of "odd" happenings to say for sure. 1st, why would the wife so quickly give up her husband? when she can easily ask for a lawyer and plead the 5th? 2nd, not referring to her husband as, husband or his name seems odd.. to me though.. the big looper here is the army intelligence part.. and if he had several weapons, were they too registered forensicly with the police? and if not, why didn't he use one of those weapons?

last.. robbers don't often start conversation before robbing the place.. unless this was a spur of the moment, which I guess it what they got charged with right? 3rd degree?

good find..

eta- oh.. and witnesses to murder suspects should have to be named and identified if you ask me.. if you can't have your name and face public knowledge, how can we accept imprisonment?
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posted on Jun, 27 2011 @ 12:28 AM
Having flooded the populace with hillbilly heroin, the gub'mint now wants to make even more money by imprisoning all the people they got hooked:
Senator Charles Schumer said Sunday he wants to crack down on the black market for prescription drugs.
He also said he wants to enhance prescription drug-surveillance programs.
"We give, we make the penalties for robbing pharmacies for these drugs, not just an ordinary theft, but much more severe so that would when the criminals are caught they're going to stay in jail a longer time and [to] be a deterrent," said Schumer. "We also give law enforcement more tools so they can find the drug rings that go to these pharmacies and prey on them.

Isn't it just positively eerie how all these politicians have all the legislation practically written already, with the shooting barely a week old? It's like someone absolutely knew for sure the pharmacy massacre was going to happen. Eerie, I tell ya.
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posted on Jun, 29 2011 @ 11:11 AM
Very briefly, a third participant in the crime was mentioned in yesterday's court proceeding, before it hastily disappeared:
Third Person Indicted in Medford Pharmacy Homicides – LongIslandPress
A third person has been indicted in connection with the drugstore robbery that left four people dead. An assistant Suffolk County prosecutor made the announcement during a brief court proceeding Tuesday(6-28) involving 33-year-old David Laffer of Medford.

There was a also brief mention of a third person involved by someone who witnessed the original arrest at the Laffer residence on the 22nd of June:
A freelance photographer at the (arrest)scene posted on Twitter that a third person was also arrested.


Investigators also conducted another search at the residence yesterday, a week after the arrests:
Officials opened storm drains Tuesday near the home of the unemployed Army veteran accused in the Medford pharmacy fatal shooting and robbery, searching for thousands of painkillers.

Which is more than strange, after announcing previously that they had found the missing drug loot:
dated June 24(two days after arrest)
Police said they found 11,000 hydrocodone pills, a powerful painkiller, inside Laffer and Brady’s basement apartment at Laffer’s mother’s home in Medford...

So it sounds like the cops are just making up evidence as they go along. I think this case will have a lot of surprises.
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posted on Jul, 3 2011 @ 02:58 PM
First the police said the bullets from the crime scene matched Laffer's gun, but that wasn't true.

Then they said they had seized 11,000 pain pills(the robbery loot) from the Laffer home, but that wasn't true.

Then they said Laffer was high on pain medication when he was arrested, but that wasn't true.

Then they said Laffer wore a 'fake' beard during the robbery, but that is not true either:
dated 7-1
"With cold calculation, David Laffer allegedly gunned down four innocent people in a Long Island pharmacy, then shaved off the beard he'd darkened with mascara, changed his clothes and rushed to a nearby convenience store to create an alibi that he was buying a soft drink."

So did a neighbor witness Laffer and his wife arriving back at the house, and then driving away again minutes later--clean shaven--so they could establish their 'alibi?' Does a single neighbor/acquaintance say that Laffer had a scraggly beard before the robbery? I doubt it.

edit on 3-7-2011 by starviego because: (no reason given)

posted on Jul, 5 2011 @ 11:21 AM
Hey Star,

This is kinda off-topic,
but I sent you a U2U just now.

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