DEA News: Internet Pharmacy Ring Dismantled : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

DEA News: Internet Pharmacy Ring Dismantled

May 13, 2010

DEA News: Internet Pharmacy Ring Dismantled
Drug Enforcement Administration

PHILADELPHIA (rushPRnews) 05/13/10 — -- – Federal law enforcement officials today announced the unsealing of a superseding indictment charging two in a large-scale illicit Internet pharmacy operation. The superseding indictment charged Carleta Carolina and Wayne White with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and other charges. The indictment was announced by DEA Special Agent-in-Charge John Bryfonski, United States Attorney Zane David Memeger, and IRS Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Troy Stemen.  In addition to the conspiracy, Carolina and White are charged with the distribution of controlled substances, conspiracy to commit international money laundering, international money laundering, conspiracy to introduce misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, and mail fraud.  The superseding indictment alleges that from at least April 2005 to December 7, 2009, the defendants illegally distributed controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs without valid prescriptions. 

“Today, a criminal drug trafficking organization that misused technology to open the world’s medicine cabinet, placing unbridled greed before health and safety, has been stopped,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge John J. Bryfonski, who also pointed out that several of these charges are the first in violation of the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act passed by Congress. “Those who choose to violate laws designed to ensure the safe and legal dispensation of pharmaceutical drugs will not escape the scrutiny of DEA by attempting to hide on the Internet.”

Defendant Carleta Carolina allegedly owned, operated, and was affiliated with websites, such as www.discreetonlinemeds.com, that sold controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs, primarily the controlled weight-loss drugs phendimetrazine and phentermine, to customers who were only required to complete an online medical questionnaire but were not examined by a physician in connection with their orders.  According to the indictment, Carolina hired physicians to review the customers’ online questionnaires and to issue prescriptions based solely upon the customers’ responses.  She then hired pharmacies, including Superior Drugs in Miami, Florida, to fill and ship these invalid prescriptions.  Superior Drugs was operated by defendant Wayne White, who is a pharmacist.  At least one of the doctors and one of the pharmacies that Carolina hired, as well as many of the online customers, were located in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

“Although the Internet may have provided the defendants with a veneer of legitimacy, it does not change the unlawful and dangerous character of the conduct alleged in the indictment,” said Memeger.  “The defendants are charged with drug dealing, plain and simple.  It is unlikely that the customers of the websites that the defendants allegedly used would ever patronize a drug corner; yet they apparently had no problem ordering prescription drugs over the Internet, and the defendants allegedly had no problem filling their orders in an unlawful manner.” 

For full story please visit us at www.DEA.gov.  

Media Contact Name: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Media Web Address: http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/states/newsrel/2010/phila051210p.html
Main image credits: Drug Enforcement Administration
Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: BREAKING NEWS, FDA- Pharmaceutical news, Politics, PRESS RELEASE

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / AH Marketing ahmarketinggroup.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

Publishing A Magazine To iPad Is Affordable With Twixl Publisher

Santa Cruz, California 05/21/16 · Fear Not: Solution is at hand to combat...

Losode.com making an impression in Virgin Media’s #VOOM 2016

London, United Kingdom 05/19/16 · Losode.com making an impression in Virgin Media’s  #VOOM...

Wayne Gretzky named A Great Canadian for the Canada D’Eh Run

Amherstburg ON 05/18/16 · Participants Voted And They Have Chosen The Great...

VOTE for Losode.com, an innovative fashion destination by Africans #VOOM 2016

LONDON, UK 05/16/16 · CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN-  Losode.com, an innovative fashion destination by...

Whom Can You Trust To Make Your Car Keys?

Toronto, Ontario 05/16/16 · Pop-A-Lock, the largest security network in North America,...

How to Fix Common Boiler Problems

Keighley, UK 05/14/16 · We ALL totally rely on our boilers to...

2016 Springtime Public Relations is Made Easy With PR Coupon

SAN FRANCISCO 05/14/16 · Spring 2016 is promising to be a time...

Fast Lane Joins the IoT Talent Consortium

Morrisville, NC 05/12/16 · - Fast Lane (www.fastlaneus.com) has accepted a role as an...

BOSS Mentors Give Local Young Women Entrepreneurial, Etiquette and Lifestyle Skills

Windsor, Ontario 05/10/16 ·  Best Opportunity to Support Self  – Manners and money...

Time to Replace Your Boiler Then Buy British with Ideal Boilers

Keighley, United Kingdom 05/05/16 · Ideal Boilers is a British Manufacturer based in...

BDO Announces Microsoft’s Jeff Edwards as Keynote Speaker at Connections 2016

TORONTO, ON 04/26/16 · BDO Solutions, award winning Microsoft Dynamics Gold Certified...

OIART Audio Engineering School Dominates Ontario College KPI's

London, Ontario 04/26/16 · The Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology (OIART)...

BDO is a Proud Sponsor of VHA Home Healthcare’s Heart of Home Care Awards

Toronto, Ontario 04/22/16 · BDO Solutions, award winning Microsoft Dynamics Gold Certified...

BDO Establishes FileNexus® Integration Practice and ASP Offering

Toronto, Ontario 04/19/16 · BDO Solutions, award winning Microsoft Dynamics Gold Certified...