Acting U.S. Attorney Soo C. Song announced Friday a man from Costa Rica was charged with importing prescription drugs from India into the United States.
Forty-two-year-old Ramiro Navarro Quesada appeared in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh Friday to face multiple charges, including one count each of conspiracy to smuggle and misbrand Schedule II, Schedule IV and erectile dysfunction drugs, money laundering and three counts of mail fraud. Law enforcement officers in Madrid, Spain apprehended Quesada earlier this year and he eradicated to the U.S. Thursday, according to the five-count indictment.
Quesada set up a website to advertise and sale those drugs. Co-defendants Miguel and Sylvia Cruz received and mailed the drugs to consumers in the United States. The drugs were described as genuine, FDA approved Viagra and Adderall on the Costa Rican website. Consumers purchased the drugs without a prescription, according to the indictment.
“Ordering prescription drugs online from illegal websites can lead to dangerous consequences for U.S. consumers. Such websites, while they may look professional and legitimate, often sell drugs that have not been checked for safety or effectiveness,” said Mark S. McCormack, Special Agent in Charge, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations’ Metro Washington Field Office. “We will continue to pursue and bring to justice criminals who operate outside of FDA’s oversight and place the public’s health at risk.”
Quesada faces a maximum 20-year imprisonment and $500,000 fine on the money laundering charge, 20-year imprisonment and $250,000 fine on the mail fraud charge and a 5-year imprisonment and 250,000 fine on the conspiracy charge.