Salisbury man will remain in prison for 20 to 28 years for Walgreens robberies, heroin trafficking

Published 1:39 pm Friday, February 16, 2018

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man who robbed a number of Walgreens in Rowan, Surry and Wake counties will spend 12 to 16 years in prison for drug trafficking after he serves eight to 12 years for those robberies.

Jimmy McFadden Menius Jr. was convicted this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony trafficking in heroin, two counts of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver a Schedule II and Schedule VI controlled substances, and felony maintaining a dwelling place or vehicle for controlled substances.

Superior Court Judge Lori Hamilton sentenced Menius, 55, to a minimum of 70 months to a maximum of 93 months and a minimum of 67 months to a maximum of 93 months active prison sentences to be served at the expiration of the current sentence Menius is serving in the North Carolina Department of Adult Corrections, which amounts to 12 to 16 years.

Judge Hamilton also ordered Menius to pay a $50,000 fine and restitution in the amount of $6,572.87.

On June 8, 2014, officers with the Salisbury Police Department were dispatched to an armed robbery that occurred at Walgreens on East Innes Street. Officers were told a white male with a gun had just left the store after jumping over the pharmacy counter and stealing oxycodone and alprazolam pills. Officers began reviewing the video surveillance from the store in an attempt to identify the suspect.

On Sept. 24, 2014, officers with the Spencer Police Department were dispatched to an armed robbery at Walgreens, 317 N. Salisbury Ave. A white male demanded pain medication from the pharmacy and received oxycodone pills. The suspect matched the description of the person who robbed the Walgreens in Salisbury.

Through a lengthy investigation, witnesses were able to positively identify Menius as the suspect in both robberies. On July 16, 2015, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at Menius’ home. During the search, detectives located several guns, along with hydrocodone and oxycodone pills.

Menius was convicted in November in Surry County of felony drug trafficking and robbery with a dangerous weapon and again in December in Wake County for robbery with a dangerous weapon. In those two cases, Menius was sentenced to a combined eight to 12 years.

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook said she appreciated the joint effort on behalf of Assistant District Attorney Kristina Scally, the Salisbury Police Department, the Spencer Police Department and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.