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FedEx indictment debated

“We cannot … do the job of law enforcement ourselves,” FedEx said in a statement.

The recent indictment of FedEx for transporting pharmaceuticals from illegal online pharmacies has caused a lot of controversy.

The Justice Department claims in a statement that FedEx continued to deliver controlled substances and prescription drugs for Chhabra-Smoley and Superior Drugs even though FedEx employees knew that online pharmacies and fulfillment pharmacies affiliated with Chhabra-Smoley and Superior Drugs were closed down by law enforcement and owners, operators, pharmacists and doctors were indicted, arrested and convicted of illegally distributing drugs, according to a statement from federal prosecutors.

In addition, the government’s actions put customers’ “privacy” at risk, the statement adds.

“The government is suggesting that FedEx assume criminal responsibility for the legality of the contents of the millions of packages that we pick up and deliver every day.  We are a transportation company – we are not law enforcement.  We have no interest in violating the privacy of our customers. We continue to stand ready and willing to support and assist law enforcement.  We cannot, however, do the job of law enforcement ourselves,” the statement continued.

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