Suppliers of Drugs to Swap Meet Vendors arrested

story arial, click sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today investigators from the District Attorney’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Unit and the Ventura County Pharmaceutical Crimes Task Force assisted investigators from the Food and Drug Branch of the California Department of Public Health with an undercover operation targeting the selling of prescription medication without a proper license. Simi Valley resident Juvenita Perez Mejia (DOB 12/30/57), Santa Paula resident Maria Ponce De Leon Reyes (DOB 1/14/50), Simi Valley resident Raymundo Perez Sandoval (DOB 1/23/55), and Los Angeles resident Deisy Magalay Flores Portrero (DOB 8/19/85) were arrested for selling dangerous drugs without a license.

On November 5, 2016, investigators, acting in an undercover capacity, purchased prescription medication from the four separate vendors at the Ventura College Foundation Marketplace Swap Meet. The vendors were not licensed to sell or distribute prescription medication, and the medication purchased by undercover investigators was misbranded meaning it was not designed for sale or distribution in the United States. Investigators seized hundreds of medications during the arrests, including Amoxicillin, Vermox, Terramycin, Lamisil, Artibion, Gelmicin, Rumoquin, Synalar, and Reumofan. 

The vendors were cited and released for misdemeanor violations of California Health and Safety Code 11352.1(b). They are scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on December 2, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.

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William "Bill" Hicks

Why not a felony charge?