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Man Who Made And Sold Nearly One Million Counterfeit Xanax Pills Sentenced

December 10, 2018

A federal judge in Maryland handed down a 57-month prison sentence to Ryan Farace. Farace manufactured nearly a million counterfeit Xanax pills and sold them on various online marketplaces…

Side Stepping FDA Safeguards to Buy Medicine in Mexico Isn’t Safe, Former DEA Agents Warn

December 10, 2018

In this editorial, which was published in The Salt Lake Tribune on December 10, 2018, former DEA agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy, warn that importing prescription drugs from other countries is “an extremely risky enterprise with potentially tragic consequences.”

Nevada Woman Admits To Selling Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills That Killed

December 5, 2018

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a guilty plea from Tianna Cordova in a Nevada case. Cordova admitted to selling drugs, including the counterfeit pill made with fentanyl that killed 26-year-old Christina Kuerner…

Arizona Continues Battling Deadly Counterfeit Fentanyl Pills Smuggled By Drug Cartels

December 3, 2018

Arizona continues to battle against counterfeit pills made with fentanyl being smuggled across the border by Mexican drug cartels, and victims continue to stack up. One doctor warns about seeing teenagers being taken to the ER after ingesting these pills, and two families hope that by letting people know they lost loved ones to fake fentanyl pills, it might prevent someone else from making the same mistake…

Police Seized Over 42,000 Illegal, Misbranded, and Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals From A Los Angeles Home

November 30, 2018

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has secured another permanent injunction against two individuals for illegally importing and distributing counterfeit, banned, and misbranded pharmaceuticals. Flavia Maria Rodriguez and Salvador Enrique Velasco Sanchez may never again sell medicines or be involved in advertising of any prescription drugs or herbal remedies…

Brothers In Washington State Charged With Making And Selling Counterfeit Pills: Allegedly Purchased Ingredients and Equipment Online

November 29, 2018

Charges have been filed against Evan and Matthew Stanbery of Bremerton, Washington. The brothers allegedly were the masterminds behind a sophisticated counterfeit pill manufacturing operation. During a search of an apartment used by the pair, police found die molds to make multiple types of pills and three pill presses…

27 Pounds Of Fake Pills Made With Fentanyl Found In New Jersey Residence

November 28, 2018

A stolen vehicle report filed with the Montville Police Department in New Jersey led police to break up a narcotics processing lab. Inside the residence of Juan Rodriguez and Beatrice Sepulveda, police found 27 pounds of fake pills made with fentanyl and two additional kilograms of powdered fentanyl…

Doctor Robs Woman of Sight with Unapproved Stem Cell Treatment

November 21, 2018

Hoping to save her failing vision, a retired woman underwent what turned out to be a non-FDA approved treatment at a stem cell clinic in Georgia in September 2016. By December of that year, both of her retinas had detached, leaving her permanently blinded…

Former Ontario Police Superintendent Warns That Gang-Backed Fentanyl Trafficking Threatens both Canada and the U.S.

November 20, 2018

In this editorial, which appeared in Inside Sources on November 20, 2018, former chief superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police Don Bell discusses the threat that gang-backed fentanyl trafficking poses to the U.S. and Canada, and emphasizes the importance of working together to secure the border.

Dealer Charged After The Counterfeit Pill He Sold Killed One In Mount Vernon

November 20, 2018

Charges announced against John Mendieta of Mount Vernon, Washington. Mendieta allegedly sold a counterfeit Percocet pill to 27-year-old Ronald Schweigert, who died after taking it. Schweigert was one of four Mount Vernon residents to die after taking a counterfeit Percocet pill laced with fentanyl in less than 45 days…