Prescription Narcotics Sales Sting
updated: Oct 02, 2013, 3:20 PM
Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Department
Nature of Incident: Task Force Targets Illegal Online Sales of Prescription
Date & Time: Oct. 2, 2013 @ 10:00 am
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit
For the past several months, members of the Ventura County Interagency
Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit have made multiple arrests of individuals selling
drugs on the Internet marketplace Craigslist. Investigators bought or arranged
to purchase 14 different drugs from individuals who had advertised controlled
substances for sale on Craigslist.
Investigators purchased drugs ranging from Adderall, OxyContin, and Xanax, to
cocaine. At least two of the cases involved encounters with suspects armed with
guns or knives.
The focus on Craigslist came from local parents who had told investigators their
children had been purchasing prescription drugs via the website.
Investigators discovered that many people were selling drugs illegally using the
Senator Ted Lieu is calling on Craigslist to provide tighter oversight on its
website and has been instrumental in bringing attention to this problem that
affects communities throughout the United States.
Parents need to be aware of their children's online activities to help stop the
illegal purchase of these powerful prescription drugs, many of which have led to
fatal overdoses. The following are examples of recent cases investigated by the
• A suspect sold his father's pain medication, which was prescribed for
• A woman drove to Simi Valley from Fontana to sell drugs with her two
young children in the car during the transaction
• A local 19-year-old man, armed with a 9mm handgun sold his prescription
Suboxone after he had just filled the prescription at a pharmacy
• A group of friends disguised over-the-counter medication to be Vyvanse,
a Schedule II stimulant used in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder. During the arrest, one of the suspects armed himself with a knife
• Several suspects were selling medications prescribed by an Oxnard doctor
who was operating criminally and supplying street distributors with prescription
In another significant investigation, three suspects were arrested after
importing bulk quantities of controlled substances from India and the Dominican
Republic. The seized drugs intended for repackaging and resale within the United
States by Ventura County residents. Drugs imported and sold included OxyContin,
Ambien, Xanax, Klonopin, and Roxycodone.
Juan Manuel Garcia, 49, headed the United States end of this organization from
Port Hueneme, where he had received multiple packages from India and the
Dominican Republic containing tens of thousands of pills.
The organization appeared to be based in Asia and the Caribbean, where websites
were designed and hosted for the American consumer to illegally order these
drugs without a doctor's prescription.
The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Task Force was formed in
May 2013 to stop the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal
market. The task force is made up of investigators from the Ventura County
Sheriff's Office, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, and the Simi
Valley Police Department.
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