Miami Black Market Investigation Found $78 million


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In 2013, Miami-Dade police officers conducted a search of a Kendall house and left with a batch of pharmaceuticals, which over the next six years blew up into a $78 million prescription drug and money-laundering scheme.

14 individuals have been indicted in Miami federal court, and one suspect, Angel Caminero Alvarez, remains a fugitive.

They’re accused of operating a network that dealt in illegally purchased or stolen prescription drugs, mostly to treat HIV, cancer and psychiatric illnesses. Labeled by prosecutors as a “pharmaceutical diversion” operation involved businesses in Florida, Arizona, Delaware, Washington and Puerto Rico.

Prison sentences ranged from three years to just over eight years and federal prosecutors are seeking to seize from $50,000 to $3 million in assets from each of the defendants.


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