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July 19, 2017: Texas Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Import Prescription Drugs




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             U.S. Department of Justice Press Release



For Immediate Release
July 19, 2017

United States Department of Justice

Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Houston, Texas, has been sentenced in federal court to 15 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release on his conviction of conspiracy to import prescription drugs, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today. 

Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Manuel Martin Pena, 65, of Houston, Texas.


According to information presented to the court, in and around November 2013, to in and around January 2015, Pena conspired to misbrand, smuggle, and import drugs that were exported from India and received in the U.S. by Pena.


Assistant United States Attorney Shardul S. Desai prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.


Acting United States Attorney Song commended the Food and Drug Administration - Office of Criminal Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Pena.



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