Credit: US Embassy Luxembourg

The US Embassy in Luxembourg announced on Monday 18 March 2024 that four domain servers linked to the unlawful distribution of counterfeit pharmaceuticals across the United States were taken down internationally.

Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Seattle Field Offices, along with HSI Brussels and the Grand-Ducal Police, coordinated the international takedown of four domain servers allegedly used to sell fake pharmaceutical grade drugs, some of which contained methamphetamine and fentanyl and were unlawfully distributed across the United States. Individuals visiting the sites will see a message (depicted) that the website has been seized pursuant to an international seizure.

HSI’s global reach through seamless coordination with our international law enforcement partners, coupled with the dedicated efforts of the US Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania have made this possible,” said Special Agent in Charge of HSI Philadelphia William S Walker.  “Investigations like these can only be accomplished when teams of laser-focused investigators and prosecutors work hand-in-hand.

HSI Philadelphia’s El Dorado – Cyber Crimes Investigations Task Force, HSI Brussels and the Grand-Ducal Police are leading the investigation into the pharmaceutical drug syndicate with significant assistance from the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center). 

Also participating in the investigation are HSI Los Angeles; HSI Seattle; HSI’s Cyber Crimes Center; HSI El Paso; the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA); the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.