U.S. border inspectors are not only seizing drugs coming into the country from Mexico — they're making arrests for drug smuggling that's going the other way.
Doctor one of 15 arrested in prescription smuggling ring
A Los Angeles-area doctor and 14 others have been charged in a conspiracy to smuggle prescription drugs from California to Mexico, authorities said Friday.
The unusual operation sent a flood of opiates to Tijuana pharmacies in exchange for bundles of cash that were brought back into the U.S. American addicts were able to buy the pills over the counter on jaunts across the border from San Diego, investigators told the Associated Press.
Authorities speculated it was easier for smugglers to unload large batches of pills at loosely regulated Mexican pharmacies than to distribute them in small amounts to American street dealers.
They said it's also profitable: A smuggler who buys a pill for about $2 in the United States can sell it to a Mexican pharmacy for about $3.50, and the American addict pays about $6 to bring it back home.
Investigators say the San Diego ring is the first they found that was smuggling drugs into Mexico.
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