Bessemer Couple Sentenced for Producing Fake Prescription Drugs
BIRMINGHAM, AL (STL.News) A Bessemer couple was sentenced today for possessing pill presses used to make fake prescription drugs, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations, Miami Field Office Special Agent in Charge Justin C. Fielder.
U.S. District Court Judge Annemarie Axon sentenced Earnest Lee Coleman, 44, and Tashana Lynn Sims, 38, husband and wife. Coleman was sentenced to 78 months in prison and Sims was sentenced to 36 months’ probation for their roles in the offenses. Coleman pleaded guilty to possessing punches, dies, and plates with the intent to defraud or mislead, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing controlled substances with the intent to distribute them, holding for sale and dispensing a counterfeit drug, and adulteration of a drug. Sims pleaded guilty to illegally possessing punches, dies, and plates. The couple pleaded guilty in February.
“The defendants used dangerous drugs to make counterfeit pills that looked like legitimate prescription drugs, misleading potential buyers and exposing them to unacceptable risks.” U.S. Attorney Escalona said. “My office will continue to prosecute those who take advantage of the opioid crisis to prey on vulnerable victims.”
“Counterfeiting unapproved and potentially dangerous opioids poses a serious threat to the U.S.