UPS Fined $40 Million for “Bag Boy” Deliveries
(dBtechno) – In American urban dialect, a “bag boy” is the person who makes an illegal drug delivery. The vernacular derives its etymology from the common method of concealment: a paper bag. Now who would’ve thought of the venerable delivery company UPS as performing any similar role, but that is exactly what a Justice Department criminal probe was investigating.
Yesterday, the Justice Department announced that it had reached a deal with UPS whereby the delivery company would cease making deliveries of drugs from illegal online pharmacies.
UPS also agreed to pay a $40 million fine; the sanction represents the estimated amount of profit UPS is believed to have made from the “bag boy” errands. In addition, UPS will devise and take proactive measures to refuse business from known dealers of illegal drugs.
“We believe we have an obligation and responsibility to help curb the sale and shipment of drugs sold through illegal Internet pharmacies,” UPS spokesman Bill Tanner said. “UPS will pay a $40 million penalty and has agreed to enhance its compliance policies with respect to Internet pharmacy shippers.”
The deal both ends the criminal probe and leaves UPS without any formal charges from the investigation. It should be noted that FEDEX is also currently undergoing a similar criminal probe.
UPS also issued a public statement declaring that they have “an obligation and responsibility to help curb the sale and shipment of drugs sold through illegal Internet pharmacies”. UPS also affirmed that its employees always acted in “good faith”.
UPS to pay $40 million for illegal drug deliveries