Friday, August 17, 2012

Drugs charges against fugitive doctor dropped - because of too MUCH evidence

Charges have been dropped against a fugitive doctor involved in the nation's largest prosecution of Internet pharmacies because there's too much evidence - more than 400,000 documents and two terabytes of electronic data that federal authorities say is expensive to maintain.

In a move which will raise eyebrows, the nine-year investigation against Armando Angulo who was indicted in 2007 for an illegal multimillion dollar internet drugs scheme has ended.

A federal judge in Iowa dismissed the charge last week at the request of prosecutors, who want to throw out the many records collected over their nine-year investigation to free up space.

The Miami doctor fled to his native Panama after coming under investigation in 2004, and Panamanian authorities say they do not extradite their own citizens.

Given the unlikelihood of capturing Angulo and the inconvenience of maintaining so much evidence, prosecutors gave up the long pursuit. Read More