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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Florida-Based Pharmaceutical President Indicted in Counterfeit Promethazine-Codeine Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

BEAUMONT, Texas – A federal grand jury in Beaumont has returned a three-count indictment charging a Florida resident, along with nine other individuals, in a drug trafficking conspiracy in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

The indictment charges Adam P. Runsdorf, 56, of Boca Raton, Florida, with conspiracy, trafficking in drugs with a counterfeit mark, and money laundering conspiracy. According to the indictment, Runsdorf is the owner and president of Woodfield Pharmaceutical LLC, a pharmaceutical business based in Boca Raton, Florida, with a manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas.

Runsdorf was arrested in Boca Raton on Jan. 14, 2022, pursuant to a criminal complaint alleging the same charges.  Runsdorf joins nine other defendants in an existing indictment that was returned on Nov. 3, 2021.  

The nine Texas individuals who have already been arrested on the indictment are:

  • Tunji Campbell, a/k/a Mike, 43, of Webster;
  • Byron A. Marshall, a/k/a Robert Griffin, a/k/a Dr. Griffin, 43, of Houston;
  • Cheryl A. Anderson, 43, of League City;
  • Ashley A. Rhea, a/k/a Ashley A. Johnson, 35, of Houston;
  • Chauntell D. Brown, a/k/a Juan Brown, 49, of Manvel;
  • Willis Reed, 60, of Richmond;
  • Kalpen D. Patel, 36, of Richmond;
  • Jonathan R. Shaver, 35, of Richmond; and
  • Gina Acosta, 40, of Fresno.

According to the indictment, from April 2014 until August 2021, the defendants conspired to traffic misbranded and counterfeit drugs, specifically promethazine-codeine cough syrup.  The indictment alleges the conspiracy resulted in approximately $52,736,000 in drug trafficking proceeds.    

If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation,
U.S. Marshals Service, Houston Police Department, Galveston Police Department, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Dickinson Police Department, League City Police Department, Pearland Police Department, Pasadena Police Department, Texas City Police Department, Harris County Precinct #2, Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas National Guard.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John B. Ross and Jonathan C. Lee.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated February 3, 2022