Defendant Convicted of Operating Large-Scale Opioid ‘Pill Mill’ in Queens | USAO-EDNY

A federal jury in Brooklyn today returned a guilty verdict against Ezhil Sezhian Kamaldoss on all alternative counts charging him with conspiracy to distribute millions of opioid pills and other illegal controlled substances imported from India and money laundering conspiracy. The verdict follows a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Allyne R. Ross. Once convicted, Kamaldoss faces up to 50 years in prison.

Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the verdict.

“The defendant is now a convicted drug dealer. He lined his pockets from the black market sales of millions of illegal opioids and mislabeled prescription pills without regard to the harm caused by the abuse of these highly addictive and dangerous drugs,” the prosecutor said. the peace of the United States. “With today’s verdict, the defendant is held liable for participating in every aspect of his pill mill, from importing unapproved drugs from India to personally fulfilling orders for these drugs for customers across the country.”

Mr. Peace thanked the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, Metro Washington Field Office; United States Postal Inspection Service, New York Division; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York Division; US Customs and Border Protection, New York Field Office, US Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office; and HSI, Baltimore Field Office; for their excellent work in investigating the case.

Evidence at trial proved that between May 2018 and August 2019, Kamaldoss participated with others in a transnational drug trafficking conspiracy, which involved the importation of mislabeled prescription drugs, including tramadol, a synthetic opioid, to the United States from India, re-packaging the drugs in a pill mill operating from a warehouse in Jamaica, Queens, and shipping the drugs by courier in the United States to customers everywhere in the USA. During the accused plot, Kamaldoss and the men working for him distributed millions of tramadol pills, sometimes purchasing hundreds of thousands of pills at a time. Additionally, Kamaldoss conspired to launder the proceeds of the drug trafficking operation by using illicit profits to reinvest in the business, including paying for shipping costs incurred by his co-conspirators, including nearly $200,000. $ in Federal Express charges paid in exchange for additional charges. pills.

The government’s evidence included the testimony of a cooperating witness, who admitted to bribing workers at John F. Kennedy International Airport to evade detection by law enforcement authorities; law enforcement officers, one of whom testified to seeing the defendant shipping packages and seizing some of the drugs sent by the defendant; the testimony of an expert in forensic chemistry that the drugs posted by the defendant contained tramadol and alprazolam; documentary exhibits, including hundreds of emails, text messages and spreadsheets recovered from email accounts and electronic devices of the accused and his co-conspirators reflecting their daily receipt of dozens of orders for medicines, and their responses, including tracking numbers of shipments fulfilling orders; and an audio recording made by a confidential informant of co-defendant Velaudapillai Navaratnarajah discussing the number and type of pills to be packed in envelopes. Navaratnarajah pleaded guilty in June 2022 to drug conspiracy charges and is awaiting sentencing.

The government’s case is handled by the Bureau’s International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section. Assistant United States Attorneys Robert M. Pollack and Margaret Schierberl are in charge of the prosecutions, with the assistance of paralegal Sophia Cronin.

The defendant:

EZHIL SEZHIAN KAMALDOSS (also known as “Kamaldoss Sezhian”, “Kamal Doss” and Ezhil Cezhian”)
Age: 43 years old
Richmond Hill, NY

EDNY File Number: 19-CR-543 (ARR)

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