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Feds release photos of persons of interest in pharmacy looting

The Drug Enforcement Agency released photographs Thursday of nine people officials say are connected with looting prescription drugs from Baltimore pharmacies during the April unrest related to the death of Freddie Gray.

The move came a day after Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts revised the estimate of how many drugs were stolen to more than 175,000 units, or doses.

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"That amount of drugs has thrown off the balance on the streets of Baltimore," Batts said.

DEA Special Agent Gary Tuggle said even more drugs were stolen than initially reported. About 40 percent of the looted pharmacies have not finished counting losses, he said.

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Twenty-seven pharmacies and two methadone clinics were looted when rioting erupted April 27, the day of Gray's funeral.

Gray, 25, died April 19, a week after suffering a severe spinal cord injury and other injuries in police custody. His death led to widespread protests and, later riots that garnered international attention and prompted a state of emergency in the city, with a curfew implemented and National Guard troops deployed.

Pharmacy and law enforcement officials said they have seen no evidence that personal information found on stolen prescriptions has been used for fraud. Nevertheless, Rite Aid hired Kroll, a risk management firm, "to alert impacted customers via a letter of notification and share with them the proactive measures it has taken to guard against identity theft."

The DEA asked anyone with information about the suspects depicted to report it to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP. The pictures are the "first round" of stills pulled from surveillance cameras, and more will be distributed, the agency said.

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