A MAN is in hospital suffering a suspected drug overdose after he allegedly robbed an Armidale pharmacy of methadone in an armed hold-up yesterday morning.
Acting Inspector Roger Best from Armidale police said it was expected the man would later be charged with robbery whilst armed and possession of a prohibited drug.
About 9am yesterday, a man entered the Priceline pharmacy wearing a beanie pulled over his face with eye holes cut into it, and armed with a small pistol and knife.
The man demanded all the methadone in the building and left with about one litre of the substance.
After viewing CCTV footage, police identified a potential suspect and plain clothes police from the Target Action Group conducted surveillance on his home.
About 10.40am the man returned home and detectives and general duties staff were sent to the address.
Shortly after, he came out of his home and was arrested before being taken to Armidale hospital.
A search revealed 600ml of methadone, a replica pistol and the beanie stored in his backpack, but the knife has yet to be found.