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Friday, July 18, 2014

FedEx indicted for drug dealing. Not a delivery guy — the whole company.


There might be something more interesting than a tennis ball in that FedEx package.File that illicit drug revenue under “miscellaneous.”
That’s more or less the policy the shipping giant FedEx followed starting in the mid-aughts, according to a 15-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in California on Thursday. According to prosecutors, the company knew the shipping services it provided to two Internet pharmacies ran afoul of the law.
“FedEx knew that it was delivering drugs to dealers and addicts,” said a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of California.

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13: FedEx workers sort through a pile of boxes at the FedEx sort facility at the Oakland International Airport on December 13, 2010 in Oakland, California. FedEx Corp. is predicting that Monday will be the busiest day in company history for delivering packages worldwide with an expected 16 million shipments, up close to 13% from last year's biggest shipping day. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13: FedEx workers sort through a pile of boxes at the FedEx sort facility at the Oakland International Airport on December 13, 2010 in Oakland, California. FedEx Corp. is predicting that Monday will be the busiest day in company history for delivering packages worldwide with an expected 16 million shipments, up close to 13% from last year's biggest shipping day. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 FedEx workers sort through a pile of boxes at aFedEx sort facility in 2010. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The company didn’t just deny the charges — it said that monitoring packages for illegal substances isn’t its job.
In another words: Don’t prosecute the messenger.
“We are a transportation company — we are not law enforcement,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president...
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