FedEx Corp was indicted on Thursday for shipping packages from illegal online pharmacies despite the repeated warnings they received from the U.S. drug enforcement officials.
The company has been charged with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Allegedly, FedEx gained $820 million from the conspiracy.
FedEx Senior Vice President Patrick Fitzgerald stated that the company is innocent and will plead not guilty.
The indictment said “FedEx knew the Drug Enforcement Administration had shut down one pharmacy, but continued to ship packages from its affiliates. FedEx also developed policies and procedures that allowed it to continue shipments. Some drivers in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia said they had been stopped on the road by customers demanding packages of pills. Delivery addresses included parking lots and vacant homes where people would wait for pharmaceutical deliveries, the indictment. A senior FedEx vice president of security approved a procedure under which Internet pharmacy packages from problematic shippers were held for pickup at specific stations”.
Melinda Haag, the U.S. Attorney in Northern California, the company should be held responsible for their role in aiding criminal behavior.
However, Fitzgerald disagrees with that statement. He replied “We continue to stand ready and willing to support and assist law enforcement. We cannot, however, do the job of law enforcement ourselves”.