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Facebook users claim to sell pills and chemicals

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It may look like a good deal, but officials say it is probably a scam and could cost you your life.

People post on social media sites like Facebook claiming to sell prescription pills and narcotics from other countries, but you may not get what you thought you bought.

If you need medicine you probably do not shop on Facebook.

"It would stand to reason that you would want to seek the counsel of a licensed physician," said Johnson County Deputy Scott Hazlette.

But there it was in black and white: someone claiming to sell pills and chemicals right there on a Johnson County Facebook group, and Johnson County Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey says it is past the limits of the law.

"According to this website it's from Bulgaria. Now that's what they list. No telling where they actually are in the world. They are outside of the control of the United States law," he said.

Deputies say they could not track the company down anywhere besides Facebook which they say is another red flag.

"It makes it almost impossible to apprehend them or to bring them up on charges," said Pelphrey.

He says more than likely it is just a scam. You pay, but you never get anything.

"You pay out of a credit card, and once they receive those numbers it sets you up for all kinds of problems," said Pelphrey.

Deputies say it could be even worse. Do you actually know what medications you will get? And is it worth the risk?

"Worst case scenario you have an allergic reaction to it that costs you your life. What's your life worth?" said Hazlette.

So they say play it safe and always stick with your doctor.

Deputies say these kinds of posts are not uncommon.

They have reported this one to the FBI.


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