Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Seizure of Illegal Internet Drugs from Lexington Area Shipping Hub

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 31, 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 50 packages of illegal Internet drugs from a Lexington area shipping hub. The packages were shipped to Kentucky from a pharmacy located in Florida.

In this seizure, the KBI seized 6,404 pills with a total street value of $44,768.  The shipments included 2,972 Alprazolam (Xanax) pills with a total street value of approximately $11,900 and 3,369 highly addictive Hydrocodone tablets with a total street value of nearly $32,800. Also seized were several vials of steroids/growth hormone.

“The drug shipments were headed for the streets of Fayette, Powell, Macgoffin, Clark, Letcher, Jessamine, Estill, Bath, Knott and Wolfe counties,” said Stumbo.  “Today’s seizure marks KBI’s fourth major bust of illegal Internet drugs since late July. Since Senate Bill 63 was enacted last year, the KBI has seized approximately a half-million dollars in illegal Internet drugs.” 

KBI agents are actively enforcing Senate Bill 63. The law forbids the sale and shipment of drugs by unlicensed Internet pharmacies. Already, many unlicensed pharmacies refuse to ship to Kentucky due to the penalties now in place. 

Drug sellers must obtain a permit from the Board of Pharmacy.  A toll-free number where patients can consult with a qualified pharmacist must also be maintained by the pharmacy and they must comply with the KASPER monitoring system and display certification that it is a ‘Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site.’

KBI agents are working in cooperation with Kentucky State Police, 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.