Pair of Indian men plead guilty to selling illegal prescription drugs in America


ABINGDON, Va. (WSET) - A pair of men from India pleaded guilty in federal court today for selling versions of pharmaceutical drugs that are illegal in the United States.

Alok Kailashnath Jaiswal, 32, of Azangarh, India and Rahil Parvez Mir, 25, of Mumbai, India, waived their rights to be indicted today and each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States.

Officials say the two specifically were going to illegally distribute controlled substances, to fraudulently and knowingly import into the United States any merchandise contrary to law, and, to introduce into interstate commerce a drug that was misbranded, with the intent to defraud and mislead.

Officials say the pair made cold calls from India to people in the U.S. to solicit orders for the drugs.

They obtained payments, usually in the form of wire transfers, from the buyers and shipped the drugs to the United States, officials say.

A law enforcement officer, working in an undercover capacity in the Western District of Virginia, made several purchases from Jaiswal and Mir. The substances shipped included acetaminophen with codeine (Schedule III), diclofenac (Schedule IV), lorazepam (Schedule IV), human growth hormone, sildenafil and tadalafil.

Sentencing has been scheduled before United States District Judge James P. Jones in Abingdon on November 3, 2017, at 1:30 p.m.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Drug Diversion Office in New Delhi, India. Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case for the United States.

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