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Couple sent to prison for distributing drugs from India

April 6, 2018

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a New Hampshire couple has been sentenced to prison for participating in a scheme to distribute more than 5,000 packages of misbranded prescription drugs obtained from India.

Both 53-year-old John Hayes and 50-year-old Plabpleung Hayes, of New Ipswich, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute the drugs, which weren’t approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Hayes was sentenced to 2 ½ years and his wife was sentenced to a year and a day. She faces possible deportation to Thailand afterward.

Prosecutors say they conspired with others to receive pill shipments from India, many of which were controlled substances. The couple tried to have them shipped to post office boxes.

A search warrant at their home resulted in the discovery of more than 100,000 pills.

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