Destrehan woman found guilty in illegal diet pill scheme
BATON ROUGE- A Destrehan woman has been convicted of selling illegal drugs disguised as diet pills.
A Baton Rouge jury found 54-year-old Darlene Krueger guilty Tuesday on three counts each of distributing a controlled substance and introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.
Prosecutor Walt Green said in a statement Wednesday that Krueger profited about $100,000 from selling the pills, which contained sibutramine.
Sibutramine is the active ingredient in Meridia, a prescription diet drug that was banned in the U.S. in 2010.
Green says Krueger continued selling the pills marketed as "all natural" under various names even after learning they contained sibutramine and had potentially serious side effects.
A Florida man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in July, in a related case, to conspiring with Krueger in the scheme.