FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

CVS Pharmacy Admits It Sold Meth-Making Chemical To Criminals

October 14, 2010  | 

Retailer CVS Pharmacy Inc. has agreed to pay a $77.6-million settlement, after admitting to unlawfully selling pseudo-ephedrine to criminals who used it to make methampetamine. It's the largest civil penalty under the federal Controlled Substance Act, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

As part of the agreement with federal prosecutors, CVS has agreed to pay $75 million in civil penalties and to forfeit $2.6 million in profits the company earned as a result of the illegal conduct.

"CVS's flagrant violation of the law resulted in the company becoming a direct link in the methamphetamine supply chain," said Michele M. Leonhart, the DEA's acting administrator.

CVS Pharmacy, a subsidiary of CVS Caremark Corp., failed to comply with laws limiting sales of pseudo-ephedrine, which allowed criminals to obtain a key ingredient to manufacture meth from CVS stores located primarily in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Calif., and Clark County, Nev.

Between September 2007 and November 2008, CVS supplied large amounts of pseudoephedrine to methamphetamine traffickers in Southern California, and the company's illegal sales led directly to an increase in methamphetamine production in California. CVS eventually changed its sales practices to prevent these illegal sales, but it did so only after it became aware of the government's investigation, according to the DEA.

The $75 million portion of the settlement represents the largest civil penalty ever paid under the Controlled Substances Act.


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Video: Armed Veteran Saves Life of Texas Deputy
A local Marine Corps veteran jumped into action and stopped a man from reaching a Bastrop...
Video: G-Shock MUDMASTER GWG1000 Watch Made for Hard Use
Built to prevent intrusion by sand, mud, or dust and to ensure reliable operation in the...
Armed 'Bonnie and Clyde' Suspect Dies in Florida Shootout
The Missouri couple dubbed a modern-day "Bonnie and Clyde" were tracked down to Florida...
Video: Hundreds of Officers Gather in Pittsburgh to Honor Slain K-9
Under gray skies and lowered flags, hundreds of law enforcement officers — many flanked by...
Video: 2 NYPD Officers Shot in Bronx Public Housing Complex
Authorities say two NYPD officers have been shot and wounded by a gunman they encountered...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine