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Three men arrested in continuing investigation into trafficking of contraband drugs

7/10/2008
 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) today announced that three men have been charged with participating in a scheme in which they allegedly used several shell corporations to buy and/or distribute contraband medications from Florida.

Juan Farach, 28, of Miramar, was arrested Monday on one count of conspiracy to traffic in contraband legend drugs; one count of trafficking in contraband legend drugs; and one count of organized scheme to defraud $50,000 or more. During his arrest, agents seized $22,300 and a weapon from Farach’s home. Afterward, Farach was transported to the Broward County Jail.

Co-conspirators Jose Luis Perez, 52, who is in the Dade County Jail pending trial for other charges, and Noah Salcedo-Smith, who is in federal prison in California, also were charged with the same three counts.

According to investigators, Farach and Salcedo, along with several other participants, used a New Mexico-based license that permitted the buying and selling of pharmaceutical drugs to and from other licensed wholesalers in New Mexico. That license was issued to a company called J.V.S. Broker, Inc.

Agents allege that the men used that New Mexico license to distribute and broker pharmaceutical deals in Florida where none of the companies or participants is licensed to do business. Authorities believe that the shell company was used to conduct pharmaceutical transactions in excess of $5 million with several other unlicensed pharmaceutical wholesalers.

Agents said that Farach was the director of sales and purchasing for the New Mexico-based shell company and that Salcedo allegedly bought the diverted pharmaceutical medications from Farach and then reportedly sold them nationwide.

Additionally, agents allege that $3 million in checks went from J.V.S. to businesses controlled or incorporated by Perez. Those checks then were cashed at check cashing stores in Miami, authorities said. Perez also is accused of using other shell corporations and false pedigree papers to buy and distribute adulterated and counterfeited products.

Some of the pharmaceuticals involved included cancer drugs and anti-psychotic medications. The arrests are part of a continuing investigation by FDLE agents, the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations and Miami-Dade police of similar and related schemes involving prescription drugs. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case, assisted by Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution.

For more information, contact:

Press Secretary Sandi Copes
Office of the Attorney General
(850) 245-0150

Paige Patterson-Hughes
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Miami
(954) 958-5400