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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Broward County Resident Sentenced Today for Selling Counterfeit Xanax

A Parkland man was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment for conspiring to traffic in counterfeit Xanax and illegally distributing steroids.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, David W. Bourne, Special Agent in Charge, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, Miami Field Office, and Ric Bradshaw, Sheriff, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, made the announcement.

According to court documents and statements made by the parties at the sentencing hearing, Frank Fiore, 60, sold counterfeit Xanax and Viagra to undercover officers, as well as, to a cooperating source. Fiore also sold them steroids and offered to sell them counterfeit U.S. currency. In addition, Fiore tried to help his co-defendant Anthony Carbone, 31, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, buy a kilogram of cocaine. During the course of the drug dealings, Fiore also asked an undercover officer to kill two of Fiore’s associates and to beat up Fiore’s brother-in-law.

Carbone was previously convicted of conspiracy to traffic in a counterfeit drug and distribution of controlled substances and was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment. Co-defendant Gary Lee Jones, 55, of Boca Raton, Florida, was convicted of conspiracy to traffic in a counterfeit drug and possession of a firearm after conviction for a felony and also sentenced to 24 months imprisonment.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Osborne.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated March 17, 2015