LOS ANGELES – Calling counterfeit and illegal pharmaceuticals a serious threat to public health and safety, City Attorney Mike Feuer today announced that his office has successfully secured an injunction and $50,000 in civil penalties, restitution and investigative costs against a couple alleged to have illegally imported dangerous, illegal, counterfeit and misbranded drugs from Mexico and Central America and distributed the drugs to local shops and across the country. The case was part of a four-year multi-agency investigation into the sale and distribution of illegal pharmaceuticals in Southern California, Oregon and Arizona, and is believed to be one of the largest ever conducted in the U.S.
"Counterfeit and illegal pharmaceuticals pose a serious threat to public health and safety," said Feuer. "My office and our law enforcement partners will continue to bring those who prey upon some of our most vulnerable residents, and jeopardize their health, to justice."
"The Los Angeles Police Department will continue to work in partnership with our federal partners and the City Attorney's Office to combat the illicit sales of pharmaceutical drugs on the streets of Los Angeles," said Captain Synthia L. Lee, Commandi