Acting U.S. Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced Thursday two men from India pleaded guilty to making cold calls for the sole purpose of selling illegal pharmaceutical drugs in the United States.
Thirty-two-year-old Alok Kailashnath Jaswal of Azangarah and 25-year-old Rahil Parvez Mir or Mumbai conspired to illegally sell, import and distribute controlled substances knowingly in the United States, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.
Mir and Jaiswal sold different types of pharmaceutical drugs to people living in the United States. The FDA has not approved those drugs to be sold in the United States. The two defendants accepted and received payment through wire transfer, before shipping them to the recipients.
An undercover law enforcement officer was able to make several purchases of lorazepam, acetaminophen with codeine, tadalafil, sildenafil and human growth hormone and diclofenac from Mir and Jaiswal.