‘Nootropics’ smugglers sentenced for selling illegal drugs


FORT COLLINS, Colo. (KDVR) – A Colorado couple have been sentenced to federal prison for selling mislabeled drugs through their online business.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado sentenced Mark and Linda Godding to six months in federal prison for selling new and mislabeled drugs to treat serious medical conditions.

The couple purchased Mighty Stacks, LLC in December 2016. Their business operated through Blue Brain Boost and sold products through the bluebrainboost.com website.

The website sold products that the Food and Drug Administration identified as mislabeled and unapproved drugs. One drug in particular, tianeptine sodium powder, is a dangerous drug that the FDA has linked to abuse risk for people with a history of opioid use disorder.

Godding’s website sold a range of unapproved drugs and identified them on the website as “nootropics”, a term used to market unapproved drugs as “smart drugs” and “cognitive enhancers”.

According to the plea agreement, the couple purchased the drugs from China and repackaged them for consumer use.

The prosecutor’s office said the couple fraudulently misled customers in their advertising by saying the products had been lab tested when rarely any of their products were tested before consumption.

A customer wrote to the company and complained: “The batch I just received, I get several reports from my customers that it causes vomiting.”

Another customer wrote: “After administering a single dose, he noticed a rapid heart rate, pressure in the brain and rapid breathing. The customer vomited the product. He noted that the smell and flavor were not quite right.

Mark pleaded guilty on January 26 and Linda pleaded guilty on January 27.

“Prescription drugs that are smuggled from overseas and are outside the secure supply chain can pose a serious health risk to those who use them. The drugs may contain unknown or dangerous ingredients and are manufactured under unknown or unregulated conditions,” said Special Agent in Charge Charles L. Grinstead. “We will continue to investigate and bring to justice those who traffic in illegal prescription drugs.”


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