Las Vegas man illegally sold erectile dysfunction and opioid drugs through the mail, drug officers say

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Federal investigators seized hundreds of pounds of controlled substances, documents show

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A Las Vegas man is accused of selling erectile dysfunction drugs and opioids through the mail, resulting in at least one overdose death and the seizure of hundreds of pounds of bulk controlled substances, documents the court on 8 News Now I- The team reviewed Monday said.

Christopher Housley, 49, faces charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, conspiracy to distribute improperly tagged and money laundering, according to federal court documents.

As part of their investigation, federal agents in New York say they seized nearly 400 pounds of illegal drugs bound for Housley in Las Vegas that entered the country from India, according to court documents.

Federal investigators then found shipping records, which showed Housley sent nearly 5,000 packages between May and June 2021, they said.

Investigators believe Housley was using the name “Robert White” as a pseudonym, they said. Federal investigators found a post office box registered in White’s name at a Las Vegas UPS store. The exact location of the store was not stated in court documents.

In January 2021, New York investigators seized 17 packages bound for Housley in Las Vegas, they said. The packages contained the substances carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant; tadalafil, a drug for erectile dysfunction; and sildenafil, a second erectile dysfunction drug, the investigators said. The packages weighed a total of 26 pounds, they said.

In June 2021, Wisconsin police notified federal investigators of a suspected overdose death involving Housley, federal investigators said. The person was found dead in an apartment in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with packets of aspadol, a painkiller and carisoprodol tablets nearby.

The packages “were still bubble-wrapped and found in or near a USPS box postmarked May 20, 2021, with the sender name of Robert White,” investigators wrote in documents from the Federal Court. The pill packaging contained information about a website called buytapentadol.com. The website is now seized.

FILE – This photo shows Pfizer’s Viagra, left, and the company’s generic version, sildenafil citrate, at Pfizer Inc.’s headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The person’s death was later determined to be due to tapentadol poisoning, investigators said. Tapentadol, a painkiller, is the active ingredient in aspadol tablets. The tablets are not FDA approved, the investigators said.

In August 2021, drug operatives bought tapentadol tablets undercover through the buytapentadol.com website, they said. The return address on the packages matched Housley’s alleged alias, investigators said.

In September 2021, New York Border Patrol agents seized more packages for Housley containing tapentadol and sildenafil. The amount in the packages was nearly 240 pounds, investigators said.

In October 2021, investigators made another undercover purchase on the website, they said. That same month, investigators said they observed Housley as he entered a U.S. post office near Pebble and Pecos roads with “a trash bag full of packages,” they wrote in court documents. Investigators learned Housley attempted to ship 20 packages that day, all with Robert White’s return address.

The DEA has now seized the website. (KLAS)

Investigators then obtained a search warrant for Housley’s email account, finding a spreadsheet with order numbers and product information from reported illegal drug sales, they said.

In November, officers in New York seized a third shipment of tapentadol from India. The total amount weighed nearly 35 pounds, they said. In March, officers seized a fourth shipment, weighing more than 150 pounds, they said.

A grand jury indicted Housley on the charges last week. He was due to appear in court on Tuesday. Because the case is in federal court, a booking photo for Housley was not provided. A judge released him on bail pending his court date on Tuesday.

Housley denies the allegations, his attorney said Monday. A second man is charged with manufacturing the pills, records show.

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