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Breath Fresheners Substituted for Legitimate Medicine in $50M Diverted Pill Scheme

The former president of Cumberland Distribution, Inc. was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a 32-month long scheme that saw over $50 million of diverted drugs shipped to pharmacies around the country, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Indicted in January 2013 along with co-conspirators Charles Jeffrey Edwards and…


Increased Vigilance Secures Medical Supply Chain

Pharmaceutical cargo theft rates have stayed flat since 2008, after a 283 percent increase between 2006 and 2008. Ed Silverman of Pharmalot reports that “attempts to curtail hijacked trucks and warehouse burglaries may be making a different in the rate of pharmaceutical thefts” due to increased vigilance by drug makers. Most pharmaceutical cargo thefts are…


Pharmacy Technician Indicted in Major Drug Diversion

April 25, 2011 – Cleveland, Ohio prosecutors have charged four people in a forty count indictment for allegedly conducting a major prescription drug diversion ring, dealing millions in painkillers. Cuyahoga County prosecutors said that drugs were obtained with the help of a pharmacy insider and then sold on the street. Ebonie Hubbard, a pharmacy technician…


Bulk Medicine Theft from Manufacturer in Australia

An Australian pharmaceutical company was broken into and robbed of almost 260 pounds of prescription medication on March 7, 2011. The Australian company, Jalco Group, was robbed of 110 pounds of pseudoephedrine and 150 pounds o opioid analgesic codeine estimated by the police to be worth be resold on the street for $43 milion, reports…


Police Looking for Info on Large Pharmaceutical Theft

A large pharmaceutical theft occurred at a drug manufacturing facility in Ontario and now the police are asking the public for help. Niagara Regional Police said that in late August a large quantity of pseudoephedrine was stolen from the Fort Erie pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Fort Erie, Ontario, according to the Buffalo News. After having…


Pharmacist Risks Life to Stop Drug Theft

A Florida pharmacy owner recently averted a pharmaceutical theft when he wrestled the would-be robber’s gun out of his hand. Snehal Patel owns Money Saver Pharmacy in New Port Richey, Florida, and told the St. Petersburg Times that he stays calm under pressure. “You have to be calm,” said the 37-year-old Patel. “That’s when you…


Florida Police Investigate Theft of Pharmaceuticals

A Florida sheriff’s department is currently investigating a theft of pharmaceuticals that took place recently. SNN Local News 6 reported that the owner of the Medical Arts Pharmacy on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota County returned one morning and found the front door of his establishment smashed. Local police told the news provider that it…


Police Arrest Suspect in Two Pharmaceutical Thefts

A woman who was accused of two pharmaceutical thefts was recently arrested in Florida. Corey Bradley is being charged with pharmaceutical thefts at the Kmart in Orange City, Florida, and another at the Winn-Dixie on Howland Boulevard in Deltona, Florida, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal. In the Winn-Dixie theft, Bradley allegedly brandished a handgun…


Third Theft of Pharmaceuticals at New Jersey Pharmacy Prompts Reward Offer

Rewards have been offered in connection to three pharmaceutical thefts at the same New Jersey pharmacy. Police believe that the three thefts of pharmaceuticals at the CVS on White Horse Pike in Oaklyn, New Jersey, were all perpetrated by the same suspect, according to the Retrospect newspaper. The pharmaceutical thefts occurred on July 2, July…

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