Seizure Notices from Customs and Border Protection

If you order a controlled substance from an overseas pharmacy without a valid prescription, then you risk having the package intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The Code of Federal Regulations, particularly 21 C.F.R. sections 1312.11 and 1312.12, prohibits the importation of controlled substances without the express authorization of the DEA.  The unauthorized importation is subject to seizure and forfeiture under 19 U.S.C. section 1595a(c)(1)(B).

You may simply receive a compliance notice in the mail that allows you to abandon the package and waive any claim for its return if it appears the amount is for personal use.  If that’s the case, then count your lucky stars.

Of course, larger quantities or multiple deliveries may trigger an investigation on the suspicion that the substance is being distributed for profit.

The drug defense attorneys at GRL Law are very familiar with these compliance notices and the federal laws regarding the importation of pharmaceuticals.  If you receive such a notice, or are confronted instead by federal agents asking questions about packages from a foreign country, then you should request to speak with us immediately.