Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Seizure of Illegal Internet Drugs from Lexington Area and Eastern Kentucky Shipping Hubs

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 03, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that agents of the Kentucky Bureau of Investigation (KBI) are in possession of drug shipments seized from shipping hubs in the Lexington area and Eastern Kentucky. The packages were shipped to Kentucky residents from six unlicensed pharmacies in Florida. This marks the second major seizure of drugs by KBI agents in the last week.

“In this seizure, KBI seized 6,375 pills, including 3,400 highly addictive Hydrocodone tablets and 2,975 Alprazolam (Xanax) pills with a total street value of nearly $46,000,” said Attorney General Stumbo.

A seizure on July 27, 2006 yielded more than 7,300 pills, including 4,180 Hydrocodone tablets and 3,122 Alprazolam. The street value for the seized drugs was nearly $55,000.

“My Office continues to enforce Kentucky’s Internet Pharmacy law that targets illegal Internet pharmacies, said Stumbo.  “These pills seized over the last week were destined for small towns and neighborhoods across the state and unfortunately, would have landed directly in the hands addicts and dealers.”

The drugs seized in the last week were destined for Lee, Powell, Floyd, Estill, Perry, Knott, Menifee, Magoffin, Johnson, Montgomery, Letcher, Clark, Fayette, Madison and Bourbon Counties.

KBI agents are now 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. It also requires Internet pharmacies follow the law or face felony charges. Drug sellers must obtain a permit from the Board of Pharmacy. A toll-free number where patients can consult with a qualified pharmacist must be maintained. Pharmacies must also 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 its efforts to crack down on rogue Internet Pharmacies shipping drugs into Kentucky.