Document Library — Federal Counterfeit Drug Prosecutions

In the age of the Internet, trying and convicting drug counterfeiters often involves resource-intensive investigation across multiple jurisdictions and even when those resources are available, current laws and regulations aren't always enough to deter these criminals' activity.  Determined prosecutors employ a range of laws to bring these charges—including violations of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and the Federal Controlled Substances Act, and criminal codes that address fraud, counterfeiting, theft and money laundering.

In this ongoing project, PSM is gathering court documents that offer insight into how prosecutors have approached these cases. We've started with federal cases, but plan to expand into state prosecutions in the future.

Food and Drugs violations

Criminal Charges

Trafficking in counterfeit goods

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Read the statute: 18 USC § 2320(a)(4)

Smuggling

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Read the statute: 18 USC § 545