This morning, agents from the FBI and DEA arrested employees and former employees of Boeing’s Ridley Park, Pennsylvania plant and one non-employee in a coordinated, 4-year, undercover effort aimed at prescription drug abuse at the manufacturing plant.
Indictments against 23 individuals were unsealed today charging each with the illegal distribution of a prescription drug. The drugs being distributed by these defendants include fentanyl, oxycodone, Xanax, and buprenorphine amongst others. In addition to the indictments, 14 other defendants are charged with attempted possession of the various drugs being sold by their co-workers.
The drugs were being distributed on Boeing’s property. Boeing officials brought their suspicions of drug activity to federal law enforcement and have cooperated fully with the long-term investigation.
“This investigation and prosecution focused not only on the sellers, but also on the users because of the critical role that these employees play in manufacturing military aircraft,” said U.S. Attorney Memeger. “Prescription drug abuse has been on the rise in our community, and this is just one example of how pervasive the problem is.”
“The defendants in this case are accused of diverting controlled substances and selling them to alleged abusers without any medical supervision,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Guarino. “These sales placed the individual abusers, as well as society at large, at risk. Part of DEA’s mission is to investigate the unlawful diversion of pharmaceutical controlled substances and bring those involved to justice, whether it is a doctor, pharmacist, or street distributor.”
The case was investigated by the FBI and the DEA. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Faithe Moore Taylor and Ashley Lunkenheimer. *An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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