Three Massachusetts men charged in armed robbery of courier carrying $430,000 for marijuana companies

Three Massachusetts men charged in armed robbery of courier carrying 0,000 for marijuana companies

Three Bay State men have been federally indicted in the alleged armed robbery of a courier carrying more than $430,000 for marijuana companies.

The men — Steven Madison, 38, of Bridgewater; Christopher White, 37, of Raynham; and Quentin McDonald, 25, of Brockton — are accused of robbing the courier at gunpoint in Swansea earlier this year.

They allegedly tied the courier up with plastic ties and pepper sprayed him, then burned the stolen vehicle.

According to federal charging documents, two men were caught on camera on Feb. 19 stealing a rental van from a U-Haul store in Abington. Later that day, an armed courier working for a company that provides cash-in-transit services for licensed cannabis businesses arrived at a Swansea bank carrying about $436,200 in cash for deposit.

The U-Haul van reportedly pulled up next to the courier and a masked man wearing a camouflage vest got out of the van. He then pointed a gun at the courier before tying his hands behind his back.

A second masked man then allegedly got out of the U-Haul van and quickly loaded the money into the vehicle. After attempting to disarm the courier, the two men allegedly forced him into the back seat of his own car, pepper-sprayed him and shut the door.

Surveillance footage showed the courier managed to remove one hand from the zip ties while inside his vehicle, draw his firearm and fire four shots toward the U-Haul van as it fled the scene before calling 911.