Turkish citizen pleads guilty in drug fraud case

4 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Tuesday, July 22 2014 Jul 22, 2014 Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:56:00 PM CDT July 22, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Turkish citizen has pleaded guilty to federal charges for smuggling counterfeit and adulterated cancer treatment drugs into the United States.

Ozkan Semizoglu pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Sentencing is Oct. 28.

Semizoglu and a second Turkish citizen, Sabahaddin Akman, were indicted in January. Akman has pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled for trial on Sept. 2.

Federal prosecutors say Semizoglu and Akman smuggled three shipments from Turkey to Chesterfield, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. They were arrested soon after the indictment, in Puerto Rico.

Semizoglu's attorney, David Bruns, says the plea is his client's first step to returning to his family in Turkey.

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