Office of the Attorney General
Major Bust of Illegal Internet Drugs from a Neighborhood Pharmacy in Louisville
Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that agents of the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI), investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the state Board of Pharmacy joined efforts in seizing tens of thousands of illegal Internet drugs from a Louisville pharmacy. A preliminary street value estimate of the seized drugs is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
A search warrant was served on Advanced Pharmacy Services LLC at 11001 Bluegrass Parkway in Louisville today following an investigation by KBI. In the days following a recent seizure of illegal Internet drugs from a Kentucky shipping hub, KBI agents learned that some narcotics were being supplied from a newly established address in Kentucky. During a surprise inspection of that pharmacy today, KBI agents discovered the presence of illegal Internet drugs including highly-addictive narcotics. Advanced Pharmacy is facing charges stemming from filling prescriptions from unlicensed, illegal Internet pharmacies.
“It appears that this neighborhood pharmacy was filling prescriptions ordered from a rogue Internet pharmacy in Florida,” explained Attorney General Stumbo. “These illegally prescribed drugs would have ended up on Louisville’s streets and in the hands of addicts and dealers.”
Attorney General Stumbo created a task force of federal and state law enforcement officials in 2004 to propose Internet Pharmacy legislation. The resulting law went into effect in 2005. It 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. Attorney General Stumbo’s initiative ensures that prescriptions will be filled by legitimate, reputable pharmacies, while pushers will face felonies for selling drugs illegally. Since the law was passed, The KBI has seized more than a half million dollars worth of drugs destined for towns across Kentucky. Details on these seizures may be seen at www.ag.ky.gov/drugmap