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Owner of Yakima company sentenced to probation in farm drug case

Associated Press - February 14, 2008 11:45 AM ET

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The owner of a Yakima company accused in a counterfeit farm animal drug scheme has been sentenced to five years probation.

The chief executive of Animal Pharmaceuticals, Bruce Noyes, also was ordered Wednesday to pay $500,000 in fines and restitution. Noyes pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to misbrand a drug.

He and others were indicted in July 2006. Federal prosecutors say they purchased counterfeit animal antibiotics from California and Mexico between 2001 and 2005. The drugs were then repackaged and resold as authentic.

The owner of a California company is awaiting sentencing in the case. Five other defendants from Yakima, Wapato, Moses Lake and Selah will have their cases dismissed if they comply with terms of a deferral agreement.

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