Turkish men indicted with smuggling counterfeit drugs into Chesterfield

ST. LOUIS - A federal grand jury indicted a pair of Turkish nationals Thursday for allegedly shipping counterfeit prescription cancer drugs from their native land and other foreign countries, and smuggling those drugs into the United States, U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said.

According to the indictment, the drugs were sent in three shipments from Turkey to Chesterfield.

The defendants, identified as 39-year-old OzKan Semizoglu and 40-year-old Sabhaddin Akman, are accused of using shipping labels to conceal the counterfeit goods, describing the contents of their packages as "gifts," "documents," or "product samples," with little to no monetary values.

Semizoglu and Akman were each charged with one count of conspiracy to smuggle merchandise into the United States, and three counts of smuggling. They were arrested Thursday morning in Puerto Rico.

If convicted, both men face up to 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000 for each count of smuggling.


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