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04-25-09, 11:57 AM #1
Illegal Aliens Delivering Prescription Drugs to Walmart Pharmacy...no wonder there drugs are cheap
CEDAR CITY, Utah (ABC 4 News) - Three men are in jail telling a strange story about drugs and Wal-Mart. It started with a routine traffic stop. Iron County Sheriffs also found boxes of prescription medication in the car. The driver says he was delivering them to the chain store in Cedar City.
Iron County Deputy Wade Lee says Diego Jimenez, Maricio Jimenez, and Kyle Gutierrez were on their way to the Cedar City Wal-Mart. They were stopped on Northbound I-15 at mile marker 45, where Deputy Lee clocked them driving 96 miles per hour.
Lee says he grew suspicious when he saw a marijuana pipe in the glove compartment. After searching the car, he found two boxes of prescription narcotics. The stock invoice found with the drugs shows the retail value is over $30,000.
Lee says two of the men admitted to being illegal aliens. The driver said he's been delivering prescription drugs for a company called "Nevada Courier" for several months. Lee explains, He said I was sitting at home and somebody called me and paid me $150 and a tank of gas to drive these medications down here and drop them off.
Police say the men are from Las Vegas. They had made a delivery in Mesquite, two in Saint George, and their fourth delivery would have been in Cedar City. Lee says, I called Wal-Mart and they said yeah they were expecting a delivery and the driver was late.
We called Wal-Mart with some questions. In an email statement, a Wal-Mart spokesperson writes, "This situation is unacceptable to Wal-Mart. We maintain strict standards for courier companies that transport products for us. As this was a situation involving a contractor, your questions would need to be addressed by the courier company or the police."
Iron County Sheriffs say what's frightening here is the safety of Wal-Mart pharmacy customers. Lee says, You don't know if they opened the box, no tamper seals, nothing... so you never know what you're going to get I guess.
ABC 4 did make a call to "Nevada Courier." The man on the other end of the line hung up on us.
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