Judge: FedEx ‘Factually Innocent’ in Drug Case

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The judge overseeing the criminal trial of FedEx on charges it knowingly shipped illegal prescription drugs said the company was factually innocent.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer made the comments in court on Friday before dismissing all charges against the shipping giant at the request of prosecutors. Breyer said FedEx had repeatedly asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to give it the names of customers that were shipping illegal drugs, but the agency was either unwilling or unable to do so.

Prosecutors claimed Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx began conspiring with two internet pharmacy organizations in the early 2000s to ship powerful sleep aids, sedatives, painkillers and other drugs to customers who had not been physically examined by a doctor.

They decided to drop the charges just days into the criminal trial. FedEx attorney Cristina Arguedas said the company did not reach any monetary settlement with the government in exchange for ending the case.