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what if any trouble could I get into for ordering prescription

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what if any trouble could I get into for ordering prescription medication online? I havent received any medication but am worried that it was ordered from Canada and the ramifications of federal borders. I went to the bank to dispute the charge on my credit card, and they are seeking retribution. If a law enforcement agency got possession and my name and address was on it, without possessing it could I be charged with anything?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 8 years ago.
It is against federal law to purchase prescriptions online without a prescription from a doctor after an actual physical examination and from importing drugs from other countries (See: 21 U.S.C. § 301 et seq.). However, this is so popular that the law enforcement agencies really do not pursue these matters frequently.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.

What if they did decide to charge me? If the medication got flagged at the post office and they alerted the authorities, its a small town and they would if they could.

Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 8 years ago.
If they did decide to charge you then you would be looking at 5-10 years under the above statute. However, as I said, it is highly unlikely because the federal authorities just do not have the mandpower to do these types of investigations.
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