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Rip-Off Alert | Counterfeit prescription drugs pose lethal online danger

Counterfeit prescription drugs and their accessibility online is a growing trend in the U.S. While some consumers say it is an effort to save money, the move could prove to be lethal. (KSNV file)

Counterfeit prescription drugs and their accessibility online is a growing trend in the U.S.

While some consumers say it is an effort to save money, the move could prove to be lethal.

That is why law enforcement is cracking down and warning consumers about the dangers these drugs hold.

Surveillance photos show a customer who sent almost 80 packages daily from a Dallas, Texas post office.

Inside those packages were counterfeit drugs mailed by Shoaib Haroown.

"We found Mr. Haroown receiving orders and then supplying those orders out to customers that had ordered pharmaceutical pills on websites or online pharmacies," said U.S. Postal Inspector Thomas Halsell.

Consumers may order the drugs online in an effort to save money, but investigators say the move is like playing Russian Roulette.

"They were receiving packages with pills in them that were in Ziploc bags, they weren't marked with what they were they had no instructions with them they had no side effects they had no warnings," said Halsell.

"You may receive the actual compound and you may not. You may receive something that's deadly to you," said USPIS Senior Forensic Chemist Dale Forrester.

A search warrant of Haroown's home showed random uncounted pills, credit card numbers, and passports in his home.

Haroown was sentenced to five years in federal prison for the crime.

Law enforcement cannot emphasize it enough that you are gambling with your life by taking drugs that don't follow legal standards.

One of the things that you need to make sure of is that they ask for your doctor's prescription, that when you get the package that it actually comes in some type of self-locking mechanism, particularly the brown bottles with the interlocking caps.

It also needs to have the doctor's name on it, the type of pill that's inside of it, the daily dosage, the side effects, warnings and list the active ingredients.

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