Over 30 Pharmaceuticals Seized in Mississippi

23 11 2010

Last Thursday (November 18, 2010) in the state of Mississippi federal agents seized over 30 pharmaceuticals that were not licensed to be sold in the United States. Some of those drugs included painkillers, antibiotics,and birth control. Hispanic convenience stores were targeted. They are also knows as bodegas in various cities across Mississippi. Right now one unidentified person has been arrested and some more have been detained.

“Unapproved, uncleared, or misbranded products pose a clear and present danger to the public health,” said David W. Bourne, Special Agent in Charge of FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations Miami Field Office. “We will continue to join with our law enforcement counterparts to aggressively pursue those who place consumers at risk for their own financial gain.”

During this operation more than 100 federal, state, and local agents executed over 30 search warrants in those various convenience stores. These drugs are not approved for sale in the United States. This is part of a national campaign to fight against counterfeits and the escalation was announced last week by The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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