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Arizona Couple Sentenced for Drug Reshipping Scheme

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – Two residents of Arizona have been sentenced in federal court on their conviction of mail fraud, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Sylvia Navarro Cruz, 44 and Miguel Cruz, 45, of Queen Creek, Arizona. Sylvia Cruz received a sentence of six months incarceration and three years supervised release, of which the first six months she will be on home detention with electronic monitoring. Manuel Cruz received a sentence of time served.

According to information presented to the court, on June 23, 2014, Sylvia Cruz and Miguel Cruz received and reshipped Schedule II and IV controlled substances and erectile dysfunction drugs, which were exported from India, to U.S. consumers who had ordered them through a Costa Rican website.

Assistant United States Attorney Shardul S. Desai prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Song commended the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Sylvia and Manuel Cruz.

Updated October 31, 2017