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Two men arrested in ongoing investigation of diverted pharmaceuticals

6/27/2008
 
Florida Department of Law Enforcement special agents (FDLE) have arrested two men who allegedly participated in a diverted pharmaceuticals scheme involving prescription medications.

Ricardo “Ricky” Lamas, 41, of Sunny Isles, turned himself in earlier today and was charged with racketeering, trafficking in contraband legend drugs and money laundering. Rolando Medero, 39, of Davie, was arrested June 10 on the same charges. Authorities alleged the two men played major roles during the past few years in trading tainted pharmaceutical medications in the South Florida area. These tainted medications were not fit for patient use, according to state laws.

Investigators said the charges stem from the defendants’ alleged role in a scheme to deal in contraband, adulterated and diverted prescription drugs. Some of the drugs involved in the scheme were HIV medications, cancer drugs and anti-psychotic medications. Authorities suspect the profits from the sales of all of the drugs were in the millions of dollars.

The arrests are part of a continuing investigation conducted by FDLE agents, the Florida Attorney General’s Office and Miami-Dade police of similar and related schemes involving prescription drugs. Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.

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