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September 22, 2005

"Syzurp" pushers busted by DEA

syzurp.jpgNo evidence yet that spam was involved, but it's bound to have repercussions in the spam world ... Another high-tech drug dealing syndicate has been shut down by the feds in an operation called CybeRx.

Eighteen members of the Texas-based Internet pharmacy outfit, apparently headed by a guy named Johar Saran, with the help of a crooked pharmacist named Leslie Wayne Davidoff, were indicted Tuesday. The Drug Enforcement Administration claims the gang sold controlled substances without a prescription, including hydrocodone, pherntermine, and promethazine cough syrup with codeine.

The latter, also known on the street as "syzurp," was one of the outfit's top sellers. (They apparently peddled 70,000 bottles of the stuff to dealers who sold it to high school and college students.)

According to the indictment, some of the drug sites inivolved are nationsdrugsupply.com, rxgreatprices.com, rxduncan.com, and rxcentury.com.

Given all the recent pharma busts, it's amazing to me that any of these so-called NROPs (No Record Online Pharmacy) still dare to operate in the USA.

Then again, the DEA said the gang averaged more than $50,000 a day in profits. The income enabled Saran to own a 22,000-square-foot, $3.8M home in Arlington, Texas.

Posted by brian at September 22, 2005 4:26 PM


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