MIAMI (Reuters) – A pioneer of Canada’s online pharmaceutical trade is under arrest in Florida on charges of selling prescription drugs in the United States without ensuring their safety or authenticity.
Andrew Strempler, 39, faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted on the charges.
The government also seeks to recover at least $95 million (60.5 million pounds) in proceeds from his alleged conspiracy to sell unlicensed or illegal drugs to U.S. customers, according to a grand jury indictment.
At least some of the drugs, in packages shipped to U.S. clients between January 2005 and June 2006, were either counterfeit or misbranded, according to the year-old indictment.
The case against Strempler was made public as he made his initial appearance in federal court