A Tennessee woman is facing federal charges after allegedly making a $100,000 profit on a drug she sold online.
The Associated Press identified the woman as 35-year-old Mary Ann White, who was arrested on Thursday after being charged with one count of interstate commerce in a prescription drug.
The indictment also charges White with one counts of interstate distribution of a controlled substance.
White’s online pharmacy, a pharmacy in Tennessee, advertised a $95 pill-filler that can be used to fill pills.
The woman was selling it for $75 online.
According to the indictment, the pill-filler sold for $200.
The FBI said it was the first time it has arrested a drug seller online in the U.S. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Assistant U. S. Attorney David E. Hirsch.
“We’ve been tracking pill fillers online for quite a while.
We were able to take this first case online.”
The indictment said the woman’s husband and two sons used the drug to fill prescription pills for their family.
The charges are similar to the ones she faced in California, where authorities said they found more than 50,000 pills in her home and had seized nearly half a million pills.
White was arrested Thursday afternoon in Nashville and is being held in the federal prison at the U-S Customs and Border Protection facility in McAllen, Texas.
Her husband was also arrested in Texas.
The two sons have been released on bail, according to court documents.
White faces up to 30 years in prison.
She was arraigned in U. the District of Tennessee.
She is due back in court Friday.
The Drug Enforcement Administration said it had not received a single complaint related to the pill filling system, but it has taken action against a handful of other online drug-selling sites in the past year.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.
“In fact, we are still working with a handful.”
The agency said it has increased penalties for online drug sellers, including the possibility of seizing their websites.
The drug czar said online pharmacies selling prescription drugs pose a major problem for people who want to buy prescription drugs.
“People are making millions, millions of dollars on these, and we’re going to prosecute them for that,” Rosenberg said.
“These people are not buying prescription drugs, they are selling them.”
He added that people should expect to face a lengthy and expensive prison sentence for online pill filling.
“Online pill filling has been going on for some time now, and it is still going on,” he said.
He also said that the DEA is not ruling out other online pill-filled sites.
“You could see how it could be very lucrative,” he added.
“But we’re still in the early stages of it.”