Just because a drug is considered legal in the United States does not mean
its sale or use is legal. The distribution of prescription drugs is controlled,
and misusing these substances can carry legal consequences. For three
Athens, Texas residents, the intent to sell prescription drugs brought
in China has led their arrest. The group will be facing severe federal
Illicit Prescription Drugs Lead to Arrest of Three
The accused are said to have purchased imitation, unapproved, and misbranded
drugs from China with the purpose of selling the prescriptions in the
United States. They conspired to smuggle at least 30 individual shipments
of imitation Xanax, Valium, sibutramine, Cialis, Viagra, and Ambien, totaling
The pills were placed in mislabeled boxes and declared at customs as gifts
with low monetary value. Multiple addresses were used in the attempt to
mislead authorities that may have taken a closer look at the contents
of the boxes.
Once the accused became aware that authorities were looking into their
smuggling operation, they informed friends and family members to destroy
The accused are facing charges of:
- Conspiracy to smuggle merchandise into the United States
- Introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with the intent to
defraud or deceive
- Tampering with a witness
Prescription Drugs May Not Be Legal
Part of why the purchase and reselling of prescription drugs can be illegal
is due to the perceived public safety threat that can occur when mislabeled
and non-prescribed drugs are taken by those that have not received clearance
by a licensed physician.
The legality of a drug in the United States largely depends on its intended
use and whether or not it was prescribed by a licensed physician. Using
any substance outside of its intended means can land a person in legal trouble.
If arrested for the use, possession, or resale of prescription, contact
the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to discuss your case!