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Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agents Arrest Three Men on Contraband Legend Drug Charges

3/3/2008
 
Florida Department of Law Enforcement special agents have arrested three South Florida men on charges they were selling and/or delivering contraband legend drugs without a wholesaler’s license and pedigree papers.

Special agents said the three men, who were not licensed to sell wholesale drugs, engaged in separate schemes to deliver contraband legend drugs to other unlicensed parties, according to agents.

Some of the drugs included insulin and anti-psychotic medications, which were valued at more than $300,000. Agents said no pedigree papers were delivered with any of the drugs, as required by law. In some instances, the drugs also were not properly transported and maintained, making them unfit for use.

Agents also said the men allegedly knew the drugs likely would be sold back into the legitimate pharmaceutical supply chain and added the men reportedly would “shop around” to try to find buyers for the wholesale drugs. Investigators are working to determine where the drugs came from and suspect some of the prescription drugs may have originated through cargo thefts.

The three men were arrested Feb. 29 and were transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Detention Center. Ignacio Delgado, 48, of Miami, was charged with trafficking in contraband legend drugs; conspiracy to traffic in contraband legend drugs; failure to maintain or deliver pedigree papers; sale or delivery of contraband legend drugs; and organized scheme to defraud.

Joel De La Osa, 39, of Miami, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to traffic in contraband legend drugs; failure to maintain or deliver pedigree papers; sale or delivery of contraband legend drugs; and organized scheme to defraud.

Rogelio Ramos, 41, of Miami, was charged with conspiracy to traffic in contraband legend drugs and organized scheme to defraud. The case was investigated by FDLE agents, Miami-Dade police, the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Food and Drug Administration. Attorney General Bill McCollum’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.

If convicted on all charges, Delgado faces up to 95 years in prison; De La Osa could spend up to 65 years incarcerated; and Ramos potentially faces up to 45 years in prison.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call FDLE’s Broward office at (954) 958-5400.

For more information, contact:

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

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