Joint DEA, FDA, Hacienda, ASSMCA AND PRPD Investigation Results In The Arrest Of Pharmacist Pedro J. Colon – Cardona
On October 25, 2002, Colón-Cardona surrendered the DEA registration that allowed Farmacia Colón to possess and dispense controlled substances to the public. Between 10/25/02 to 03/25/03 the defendant, Colón-Cardona dispensed approximately 200 controlled substances prescriptions. Defendant Colón-Cardona was the sole Pharmacist at Farmacia Colón. On October 7, 2004, FDA/OCI Special Agents arrested Colón-Cardona without incident at Farmacia Colón, located at Salinas, P.R.
Penalties for convictions of the offenses alleged in the indictment include a maximum penalty of 20 years of imprisonment, and fines up to $1,000,000 dollars.
The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial and the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Federal grand jury charges and indictment are the result of a year long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration Caribbean Division, Diversion Group (DEA Diversion), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) , and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Puerto Rico. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose A Ruiz.