Archive for December 2018

Thousands of Fake Pills Purchased From China Shipped To Man In New York State

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a guilty plea from a Rochester, New York man who purchased thousands of counterfeit pills from China and had them shipped to his home. U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized one package on its way to Samuel McFarland in April 2017 that contained over 3,000 pills. In January 2018, a second package contained almost as many pills was found to be headed to his home…

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Transplants and Counterfeit Medicines: What You Need to Know

Receiving an organ transplant is like being given a new lease on life, but that lease comes with an exceptionally important string attached to it. Strict adherence to your prescribed medications is your best line of defense against rejection. It is crucial that transplant recipients only purchase FDA-approved medications to decrease the chance that their bodies might reject the new organs…

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Seattle Area Drug Trafficker Allegedly Used Pill Press to Make Counterfeit Xanax

Federal drug trafficking charges have been filed against Gizachew Wondie, a resident of the Capitol Hill section of Seattle, on charges that he was manufacturing and selling counterfeit Xanax pills and other drugs. In addition to the discovery of a handgun, investigators found approximately 11,000 ‘Xanax’ pills stored in large plastic bags, and a large pill press.

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Rhode Island

Our 2018 information sheet summarizes recent counterfeit drug incidents in Rhode Island.

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Bay Area Adderall Counterfeiter Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

A Brisbane, California resident has been sentenced to ten years in prison for manufacturing and distributing counterfeit Adderall, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Gino Carl von Eckstein, who pleaded guilty in September, was originally charged with producing fake Adderall pills with pill presses located at a house he was using in San Leandro.

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