US authorities arrest eight Indians accused of importing millions of opioid pills

US authorities arrest eight Indians accused of importing millions of opioid pills
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  • calendar-gray 13 September 2019

US authorities have busted a drug racket involved in the smuggling of opioid pills from India, the US Justice Department said while adding that all of them are of Indian origin and living in New York City or its suburbs, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Police have arrested all of the suspects and launched an investigation to find those who allegedly sent the drugs from India.

"The defendants participated in a black market for prescription medications by distributing millions of opioid pills in tens of thousands of transactions in one year alone", federal prosecutor Richard Donoghue said.

Law enforcement agencies became suspicious in January 2018 about the large-scale importation of misbranded controlled substances, including Tramadol, into the US from India.

"The defendants primarily operated out of a warehouse in Queens where they repackaged the pills and mailed them to customers throughout the United States. During the course of the investigation, the defendants distributed millions of Tramadol pills", the justice department added.

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