Indictment Accuses FedEx of Moving Drugs for Illegal Online Pharmacies

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Packages are moved on a conveyor belt at a FedEx station. (Credit: Associated Press)

FedEx conspired to traffic in controlled substances and misbranded prescription medications by helping distribute drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies, an indictment from a federal grand jury in San Francisco alleges.

The shipping company knew as early as 2004 that it was delivering drugs to dealers and addicts, Thursday’s indictment says.

The indictment accuses FedEx of conspiring with two related online pharmacy companies — the Chhabra-Smoley Organization from 2000 through 2008 and Superior Drugs from 2002 through 2010 — to distribute Ambien and other drugs to people with invalid prescriptions.

“The advent of Internet pharmacies allowed the cheap and easy distribution of massive amounts of illegal prescription drugs to every corner of the United States, while allowing perpetrators to conceal their identities through the anonymity the Internet provides,” U.S. Atty. Melinda Haag said in a statement. “This indictment highlights the importance of holding corporations that knowingly enable illegal activity responsible for their role in aiding criminal behavior.”

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