A Rochester man was one of 20 people arrested in the United States and abroad for illegally selling drugs on the Internet.
A local Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman says Rohn Wallace, 37, of Rochester was operating at least six illegal drug Web sites.
Agents arrested Wallace Tuesday and charged him with money laundering for importing and distributing the drugs.
"Anybody could access these Web sites, place their order,” said DEA agent David Zon. “Mr. Wallace would then send the order overseas to India in which the Indian distribution center would send the package directly to the customer that sent the pharmaceuticals online.”
The arrests of people in eight U. S. cities including Philadelphia, New York, and Fort Lauderdale are the result of a yearlong investigation by six federal agencies.
“There was no regulation.” Zon said. “You could order anything from two-three tablets of whatever up to 100 to 200 tablets. For example, antidepressants, steroids, oxycontin, obviously not just for personal use but also possibly for distribution, all without a prescription."
Wallace is being transported to the U. S. Attorney's office in Philadelphia where the investigation started.
The investigation is ongoing. More arrests could come, possibly in the Rochester area and elsewhere in New York state.