Border Patrol Finds Narcotics
Sadly, drug crimes are on the rise. Times are getting desperate and it seems like people will do anything even resort to trafficking drugs.
According to reports a woman was recently arrested when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 235 pounds of marijuana in her truck. The woman was twenty-eight years old and a Mexican national. She tried to smuggle the marijuana into the United States through the Raul Hector Catro Port of Entry.
After the officers made the arrest a second inspection of the truck, a narcotics detection canine helped the officers find around $119,000 worth or marijuana hidden throughout her vehicle. Pretty big bust.
The officers seized the marijuana as well as the truck and then arrested the woman for narcotics smuggling. She was then turned over to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
CEO Arrested for Narcotics
Being an owner of a company of something that would help people would be a hard thing. Especially if that thing is somewhat illegal.
The billionaire owner of Insys Therapeutics was recently arrested and charged for leading a nationwide conspiracy “to use bribes and fraud to cause the illegal distribution of Fentanyl spray intended for cancer patients”.
Wow. Pretty serious allegations. Seventy-four year old, Dr. John N. Kapoor of Phoenix Arizona is the founder and former CEO of Insys. He is now going to face federal charges as well as fined for many many things.
The prosecutors are claiming that the company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to doctors in exchange for prescribing spray called “Subsys” which contained a very addictive synthetic opioid fentanyl. Three of the top three prescribers have already been convicted of taking bribes from Insys.
Narcotics Company in Big Trouble
One of Kapoor’s ex employee’s calls him a genius but evil man. She’s glad the victim’s are getting justice for his crimes. She evens says that if called to testify against Kapoor that she most certainly will.
According to studies, Subsys is 100 times more strong than morphine so that’s pretty hard to believe. It was approved by the FDA to treat patients with cancer and those with “breakthrough” pain.
Nixon, Kapoor’s ex-employee, said that it was her job to make sure that Subsys got into the hands of as many patients as possible. No matter if they had cancer or not.
My job responsibilities were to contact insurance companies on behalf of the patients and the doctors to get the medication approved and paid for by their insurance company.
According to Nixon Subsys isn’t cheap. A thirty day supply can cost anywhere between $3,000 to $30,000. It pretty much just depends on what insurers will pay for it. That’s what Nixon’s job was, to trick the insurance company’s into thinking that the drug was “medically necessary”. Which if you have cancer and are in severe pain, I’m sure it is.
I would say, ‘Hi, this is Patty. I’m calling from Dr. Smith’s office. I’m calling to request prior authorization for a medication called Subsys. it was a complete bold-faced lie.
According to Nixon, Sarah Fuller was one of the victim patients that was prescribed Subsys even though she didn’t have cancer.
However she did have chronic neck and back pain from being involved in two car accident. Sarah’s addiction didn’t take long. Within a month her prescription was tripled. 14 months later she was found dead on her bedroom floor.
Fentanyl technically killed her though.
Sadly, Fuller is not alone.
Insys denied any responsibility in Sarah’s death. They also claimed that they shouldn’t be blamed for how the doctor’s prescribe their products. As of right now the corporation isn’t facing criminal charges. It’s also still selling Subsys.
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