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Worldwide Crackdown on Illegal Internet Sales of Prescription Drugs Results in the Seizure of Nearly 700 Sites

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Americans who have trouble getting prescriptions from doctors for narcotic medications often find no problem accessing the drugs from illicit online sites.

It will be more difficulty under a crackdown led by ICE and the Department of Justice, which have seized 686 websites accused of selling fake or illegal drug over the past week, ICE said in a press release.

The initiative, called Bitter Pill, was designed to disrupt crime networks peddling illegal online drugs.

Bitter Pill involves 100 countries and netted 79 arrests and the seizure of nearly 4 million doses of counterfeit medications.

Criminals Pose as DEA Agents and Try to Scam Prescription Drug Users

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

How much would you pay to make the threat of  drug charges go away? Would you pay if you knew you were innocent?

These questions were not hypothetical for many. TMZ reports that Americans buying prescription drugs online have been the target of scammers posing as DEA agents. The phony agents would call purchasers and say they were indicted by foreign governments for the purchase of illegal drugs online. The con artists even used the names of real DEA agents.

Alarmed, consumers would often be willing to do what the fake agents asked to cooperate and make the charges go away. That’s when the scammers would ask for a civil penalty, a fee, to drop the charges.

So it went with one Hollywood producer. His lawyer spoke with the fake agents, and when they asked for the civil penalty, the lawyer became skeptical, TMZ reported. He recorded conversations with the fake agents and eventually turned over the tapes to the DEA, according to TMZ.

The DEA is now investigating the matter, having received numerous similar complaints over the last year, TMZ reported.

“We’re told the likelihood is … a number of people folded like a cheap suit when they received the call threatening prosecution and sent the money in, hoping the criminal case would go away,” reports TMZ.