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Turkish citizen sentenced for fake cancer drugs

October 28, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Turkish citizen has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for smuggling counterfeit and adulterated cancer treatment drugs into the United States.

Ozkan Semizoglu of Istanbul pleaded guilty in July. He was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

A second Turkish citizen, Sabahaddin Akman, pleaded guilty in August and is awaiting sentencing.

The men smuggled three shipments from Turkey to Chesterfield, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. They were arrested in Puerto Rico earlier this year, soon after they were indicted.

Authorities say Semizoglu shipped some prescription drugs that are supposed to be kept cold with no insulation or temperature protection. He also sold a counterfeit version of the cancer drug Altuzan to a United Kingdom drug wholesaler.

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