“Andrew McCabe” – Google News: Commentary: We’re living in Birch Bayh’s world; we just don’t know it – Yakima Herald-Republic

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Commentary: We’re living in Birch Bayh’s world; we just don’t know it  Yakima Herald-Republic

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“house judiciary committee” – Google News: U.S. House Democrat says Trump appeared to influence Whitaker in Cohen case – Reuters

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U.S. House Democrat says Trump appeared to influence Whitaker in Cohen case  Reuters

A leading House Democrat said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump appears to have influenced former acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to …

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“fbi criticism” – Google News: Joe Biden reportedly tells supporters he’s running for president – as it happened – The Guardian

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Joe Biden reportedly tells supporters he’s running for president – as it happened  The Guardian

Former vice-president advised a handful of supporters of his intentions, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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“fbi and trump” – Google News: In court filing, Robert Mueller’s team says it’s very busy this week – CNN

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In court filing, Robert Mueller’s team says it’s very busy this week  CNN

Washington (CNN) Robert Mueller’s prosecutors dropped yet another head-scratching signal in their latest court filing Tuesday that the special counsel …

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“Andrew McCabe” – Google News: Mueller’s old boss delays departure as probe wraps up – Politico

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Mueller’s old boss delays departure as probe wraps up  Politico

Rod Rosenstein has long provided comfort to lawmakers and legal observers worried about President Donald Trump trying to meddle with the probe.

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“fbi criticism” – Google News: Mueller’s old boss delays departure as probe wraps up – POLITICO

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Mueller’s old boss delays departure as probe wraps up  POLITICO

Rod Rosenstein has long provided comfort to lawmakers and legal observers worried about President Donald Trump trying to meddle with the probe.

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“mueller” – Google News: Mueller’s old boss delays departure as probe wraps up – POLITICO

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Mueller’s old boss delays departure as probe wraps up  POLITICO

Rod Rosenstein has long provided comfort to lawmakers and legal observers worried about President Donald Trump trying to meddle with the probe.

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“Andrew McCabe” – Google News: Mueller’s old boss delays departure as probe wraps up – POLITICO

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Mueller’s old boss delays departure as probe wraps up  POLITICO

Rod Rosenstein has long provided comfort to lawmakers and legal observers worried about President Donald Trump trying to meddle with the probe.

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“fbi aclu report” – Google News: Donald Trump, with eyes on 2020, hits John McCain, socialism, anti-conservative bias – Washington Times

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Donald Trump, with eyes on 2020, hits John McCain, socialism, anti-conservative bias  Washington Times

On a day devoted outwardly to foreign affairs, President Trump on Tuesday had his eyes firmly on 2020, clamoring for fairness for conservatives on social media, …

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Crime and Criminology from Michael_Novakhov (8 sites): InSight Crime: Argentina Dismantles Pill Ring That Sold Opioids To US Customers

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Argentina Dismantles Pill Ring That Sold Opioids To US Customers

Authorities in Argentina have dismantled an intricate organization illegally selling opioids and counterfeit medicines online to US customers, revealing a number of legal loopholes exploited by these criminal groups.

The organization, which mainly operated from Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, illegally sold opioids without prescriptions — as well as counterfeit medicines from Romania and India — through its website named Goldpharma. The drugs were bought by US customers, and, more recently, local clients.

A two year investigation into the pill ring by Argentinian security agencies and the US Drug Enforcement Administration came to an end during an operation on March 13. Five people were arrested and charged with a number of drug crimes related to importing and distributing controlled substances, including oxycodone, according to the US Justice Department.

Authorities also seized some $400,000, 2 million Argentine pesos (around $49,000) and an undisclosed amount of cash in various currencies. More than half a dozen luxury cars and 100 credit cards were also taken by authorities. In addition, the men had bank accounts in Panama and Belize, where they were said to have deposited and laundered the profits from the illegal pill sales.

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The pharmacy took in between $8 and $16 million a year, according to one of the chief police officers in charge of the investigation.

It is illegal to import prescription medicines and controlled substances from outside the United States. Selling medicines online is prohibited in Argentina.

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The dismantling of the organization running Goldpharma shows a criminal group developing a sophisticated network to take advantage of the demand for opioids in the US after officials there severely reduced access to prescription forms of the drugs. It also underscores how Argentina largely turns a blind eye to money laundering.

“This is not a small time organization. If they would have used their intellect for good, they would have a lot of power,” Marcelo D’Alessandro, Secretary of Justice and Security at the City of Buenos Aires, said during a press conference in Buenos Aires when the arrests were announced.

Demand for opioids in the United States has increased nearly 10 percent between 2016 and 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Opioids — which include prescription drugs like oxycodone, the synthetic drug fentanyl, and heroin — were largely responsible for the record 70,237 overdose deaths recorded in the US in 2017.

The US Food and Drug Administration’s commissioner warned of a crack down on illegal online pharmacies last year, saying that the internet is “virtually awash in illegal narcotics.”

In Argentina, it is estimated that about 11 percent of medicines consumed are illegally bought online, according to the National Union of Pharmacists (Sindicato Argentino de Farmacéuticos y Bioquímicos – SAFYB).

But the criminal group behind Goldpharma made a fatal error which likely ultimately led to  their demise. They underestimated growing ties between authorities in the US and Argentina, particularly in fighting criminal organizations and drug trafficking.

The post Argentina Dismantles Pill Ring That Sold Opioids To US Customers appeared first on InSight Crime.

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