Richmond Hill man convicted of operating Jamaica-based opioid ‘pill mill’ – QNS.com
A Richmond Hill man on Monday, June 27, was found guilty of operating a large-scale opioid ‘pill mill’ in Jamaica.
Ezhil Sezhian Kamaldoss, 43, was found guilty by a federal jury in Brooklyn of all alternative counts charging him with conspiracy to distribute millions of opioid tablets and other controlled substances imported from India and money laundering conspiracy. The verdict follows a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Allyne R Ross. Once convicted, Kamaldoss faces up to 50 years in prison.
Evidence at trial proved that between May 2018 and August 2019, Kamaldoss participated with seven co-defendants in a transnational drug trafficking conspiracy, which involved the importation of mislabeled prescription drugs, including tramadol, a synthetic opioid, to the United States from India. , repackaging the drugs in a “pill mill” operating out of a Jamaican warehouse and shipping the drugs by US courier to customers across the United States
During the accused plot, Kamaldoss and the men working with him distributed millions of Tramadol pills, sometimes purchasing hundreds of thousands of pills at a time. Additionally, Kamaldoss conspired to launder the proceeds of the drug trafficking operation by using illicit profits to reinvest in the business, including paying for shipping costs incurred by his co-conspirators, including nearly $200,000. $ in Federal Express charges paid in exchange for additional charges. pills.
Government evidence included:
- Testimony of a cooperating witness, who admitted to bribing workers at JFK International Airport to evade detection by law enforcement.
- Members of law enforcement, one of whom testified to seeing the defendant shipping packages and seizing some of the drugs sent by the defendant.
- Testimony from an expert in forensic chemistry said the drugs posted by the defendant contained tramadol and alprazolam.
- Documentary exhibits including hundreds of emails, text messages and spreadsheets recovered from email accounts and electronic devices of the accused and his co-conspirators reflecting their daily receipt of dozens of drug orders , and their responses, including tracking numbers of shipments fulfilling orders.
- An audio recording made by a confidential informant of co-accused Velaudapillai Navaratnarajah discussing the number and type of pills to be packed in envelopes.
Navaratnarajah pleaded guilty in June 2022 to drug conspiracy charges and is awaiting sentencing.
“The defendant is now a convicted drug dealer. He lined his pockets from the black market sales of millions of illegal opioids and mislabeled prescription pills without regard to the harm caused by the abuse of these highly addictive and dangerous drugs. U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said. “With today’s verdict, the defendant is held liable for participating in every aspect of his pill mill, from importing unapproved drugs from India to personally fulfilling orders for these drugs to customers across the country.”