BUSTED: FedEx indicted on numerous counts for shipping illegal internet pharmacy drugs
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/20/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Online pharmacies, operating beneath the radar of drug regulation, often make drugs intended for pain control and psychiatric needs available for illegal recreational purposes. As a result, FedEx Corp. - a trusted mail delivery system has now was indicted for delivering prescription pain pills, sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and other controlled substances for these pharmacies.
Online pharmacies, operating beneath the radar of drug regulation, often make drugs intended for pain control and psychiatric needs available for illegal recreational purposes.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The operator of the world's largest cargo airline was charged by the U.S. with 15 counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs. These drug trafficking charges carry a potential fine of twice the money gained from the operation. It's alleged to be at least $820 million for the drugs along with co-conspirators. FedEx, while denying the allegations, said today in a regulatory filing that conviction could be "material."
The indictment in San Francisco federal court comes more than a year after United Parcel Service Inc., or USPS agreed to forfeit $40 million in payments it received from illicit online pharmacies under a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.
It is better to light one tiny candle -- than to curse the darkness --
The current criminal case is an unprecedented escalation of a federal crackdown on organizations and individuals to combat prescription drug abuse.
"Targeting a company that's two, three steps removed from the actual doctor-patient, pharmacy-patient relationship is unprecedented," Larry Cote, an attorney and ex-associate chief counsel at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says. Cote advises companies in the drug supply chain on compliance matters.
Walgreen Co. agreed to pay an $80 million civil fine last year to resolve allegations that a distribution center and pharmacies in Florida failed to report suspicious drug orders of oxycodone and knew, or should have known, that prescriptions filled weren't for legitimate medical use, according to the DEA.
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