On Thursday FedEx Corp. was charged by the Justice Department for conspiracy of distributing controlled substances and for the part that it played in transporting painkillers as well as other prescription drugs which have been sold unlawfully.
Prosecutors say that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as well as the Congress has been warning FedEx since 2004 that the company was helping in the distribution of illegal drugs.
As per a 15-count indictment that has been filed on Thursday in U. S. District Court in California the company was aware of the fact that the shipping services which it was providing to two of the Internet pharmacies were engaged is shoddy deals and drugs.
On July 29, the company is due in court.
In a press release the office of the U. S. Attorney of the Northern District of California said, "FedEx knew that it was delivering drugs to dealers and addicts."
The government is looking at a fine which could be about $800 million or more for FedEx which the company has earned while helping the dealers. It also wants FedEx to admit the role which it has played in the pharmaceutical black market.
Jay Fitzpatrick , DEA Special Agent in Charge said in a statement, "While DEA is committed to ensuring patients receive legitimate prescriptions, today's action should send a strong message that corporations that participate in illegal activity risk investigation and prosecution."