ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A Turkish man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for smuggling misbranded and adulterated cancer treatment drugs into the United States, sent from Turkey to Chesterfield.
Sabahaddin Akman, the owner and manager of a Turkish drug wholesaler, used shipping labels that concealed the illegal nature of the prescription drug shipments, including customs declarations falsely describing the contents as "gifts" or "documents" or "product sample" with no or low declared monetary values.
Akman's company also ensured that large drug shipments were broken into several smaller packages to reduce the likelihood of seizures by U.S. Customs authorities and the corresponding loss of expensive drug shipments.
Akman admitted that he shipped some cancer treatment drugs that required constant cold temperatures to maintain stability and integrity to maintain temperature protection for the drug shipments. Akman further admitted that some chemotherapy drugs he shipped to the United States had different lot numbers on the exterior packaging than the lot numbers on the drug vials inside the packages.