28 year old Oakland resident David Beckford has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in producing and selling counterfeit Xanax pills. Beckford and his co-conspirators imported bulk medication and pill presses from China and other countries that they then turned into real-looking Xanax pills. Authorities found that he intended to put more than 150,000 fake pills into circulation in the black market.
Who: Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations.
When: February 9, 2017, January 17, 2014, to December 12, 2015.
Where: Oakland, California.
How: Investigation by DEA, FDA-OCI, and IRS Criminal Investigations.
Additional details: Beckford is one of 5 people who faced prosecution in the conspiracy. In addition to Beckford, 3 of his co-conspirators, Stephan Florida, Isaiah Clayton and Beau Sankene have all pleaded guilty to counterfeit drug and money laundering charges.
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“ Mastermind Sentenced to Prison For Fake Xanax Scheme,” Alameda Patch, February 10, 2017.