SoCal Woman, 70, Indicted In Alleged Cough Syrup Ring

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a 70-year-old Southern California woman and her son are among four people indicted for money laundering as part of a narcotics scheme to send a powerful and often-abused cough syrup from California to Texas, where it was sold for the street concoction “purple drank.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement that Lucita Uy of Claremont has been indicted for buying three pharmacies so she could purchase more than 97,000 pints of Promethazine for the wholesale price of about $9.

On the streets of Houston, where the drug is especially popular, the same bottle can go for as much as $600.

Uy and her son, Lemuel Libano, have pleaded not guilty to two money laundering charges apiece and are scheduled to start trial Nov. 29.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


More From CBS Los Angeles

KNX 1070 Newsradio
Follow Us On Twitter

Listen Live