DEA targets online dealer using radio host's purported testimonial
JANUARY 11--A web site featuring a phony Rush Limbaugh endorsement of OxyContin is the target of a Drug Enforcement Administration probe into the illegal online sale of prescription medication, records show. After serving Google with a search warrant, federal agents last month received a year's worth of e-mail from a Gmail account used by the proprietor of 1oxycodone.com.
According to a U.S. District Court affidavit sworn by DEA Agent Efren Buenrostro Jr., the Gmail account has been used to "facilitate drug trafficking activities." As part of an undercover operation, Buenrostro exchanged e-mails with 1oxycodone.com representative "Alex Kruger," who offered to ship him the powerful painkiller Hydocodone, a Schedule III narcotic (Buenrostro was directed to pay for the drugs via a Western Union transfer to Malaysia).
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