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Feds charge Thai woman with smuggling prescription drugs

Brian Bowling
| Friday, March 23, 2012

A woman from Thailand used two websites to sell prescription drugs domestically that can't legally be brought into the United States, according to an affidavit unsealed today in Pittsburgh federal court.

Prosecutors have charged Duangthip Chutivaraporn, 32, with several counts of smuggling and fraud. She was arrested March 2 in eastern Louisiana and is being held in the Western District of Pennsylvania without bond, according to court records. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Sean Grillo, a special agent for the Food and Drug Administration, says in the affidavit that the Chutivaraporn family in Bangkok operates multiple online pharmacy websites that offer to sell prescription drugs without the need of a prescription.

In particular, Duangthip Chutivaraporn was operating and, the affidavit says.

Grillo, undercover, met with Chutivaraporn and two others on March 31 to discuss buying drugs wholesale, and Grillo subsequently used another identity to make a retail purchase of illegal generic versions of Abilify and Viagra and an Asia-only version of Zyprexa, the affidavit says.

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