Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Illegal Internet Drug Packages Seized This Holiday Season

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 22, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that agents of the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) seized shipments of illegal Internet drugs over the past three days at  shipping hubs in central and eastern Kentucky.  An ongoing investigation revealed AVEE, a licensed out-of-state pharmacy, has been illegally shipping drugs to Kentucky residents from Florida. 

“People are ordering drugs online from AVEE without talking to a doctor or having a legitimate medical need,” Stumbo said. “AVEE is shipping highly addictive drugs to users with absolutely no safeguards.”

In this seizure, the KBI confiscated 10,656 pills with a total street value of nearly $89,000, including 7,865 Hydrocodone tablets.  The drugs were seized from shipping hubs in Frankfort, Langley, Lexington, London, and Louisville, Kentucky.  Ultimately, the drugs were to be delivered to numerous other cities across the Commonwealth including Winchester, Eolia, Middlesboro, Lexington, Irvine, Danville, Cynthiana, Stanton, Science Hill, Versailles, Mallie, Pineville, Richmond, Paris, Stanford, Hazelgreen, Waynesburg, Flemingsburg, Jenkins, Sassafras, Mayking, Prestonsburg, Hazard, Salt Lick, McRoberts, Pippa Passes, Clay City, Nicholasville and LaGrange. 

“This KBI seizure marks a milestone in the fight against drug abuse and a turning point in the advancement of Internet pharmacy law enforcement,” Stumbo said. “AVEE has become a major supplier of illegal drugs to Kentucky. The time for decisive action to end this threat is now.”

AVEE is suspected of shipping millions of doses of illegal drugs into Kentucky.  The Attorney General’s KBI has developed innovative techniques to track these illegal drug sales and counteract constantly evolving criminal tactics.

“The Internet has a dark side, and we must think and act quickly to protect our communities from rampant drug abuse,” Stumbo explained. “I know this is a tough battle, but this enforcement program is second to none.  Our team approach to Internet drug crime eradication is working.”

This drug seizure puts the KBI over the million dollar mark in contraband confiscation. Drugs with a black market value of $1,181,116.36 have been taken off the streets and out of the hands of addicts and dealers by the Attorney General’s Office since Senate Bill 63 was enacted last year.  KBI agents are actively enforcing this new law as they develop cutting edge enforcement techniques. The law requires Internet and out-of-state pharmacies follow prescribed public safety rules or else face felony charges.

All drug sellers must obtain a permit from the Board of Pharmacy.  Pharmacies must also comply with the KASPER monitoring system and display certification that they are a ‘Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site.’

KBI agents are working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Kentucky National Guard, Florida Office of the Attorney General and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in their efforts to crack down on rogue Internet pharmacies shipping drugs into Kentucky.