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United States v. Pets Pharma

October 31, 2007

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
PETS PHARMA, S.A. DE C.V.(1), DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: M. James Lorenz United States District Court Judge

AMENDED ORDER OF CRIMINAL FORFEITURE

WHEREAS, in the Indictment in the above-captioned case, the United States sought forfeiture of all right, title and interest in specific properties of the above-named Defendant, PETS PHARMA, S.A. De C.V.(1) ("Defendant"), pursuant to Title 21, United States Code, Section 853(a)(1) and (a)(2), as property obtained directly or indirectly as the result of the commission of the violations charged in the Indictment; and

WHEREAS, on or about June 4, 2007, Defendant pled guilty to Count 2 of the Indictment, which plea included a consent to the forfeiture allegations of the Indictment and an agreement to entry of a $500,000 judgment against the Defendant in favor of the United States; and

WHEREAS, on July 26, 2007, an Order of Forfeiture was entered for a money judgment of $500,000 against the Defendant; and

WHEREAS, on or about October 29, 2007, an agreement was reached whereby the amount of the money judgment was reduced to $125,000; and

WHEREAS, by virtue of the admissions of the Defendant set out in the plea agreement and guilty plea, the Court determined that $125,000 (U.S. dollars) represents the drug proceeds the Defendant obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 846 and 841(a)(1), as charged in the Indictment; and

WHEREAS, by virtue of said guilty plea and the Court's findings, the United States is now entitled to an Amended Order of Forfeiture and a judgment in its favor against the Defendant in the amount of $125,000, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 853 and Rule 32.2(b) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure; and

WHEREAS, Rule 32.2(c)(1) provides that "no ancillary proceeding is required to the extent that the forfeiture consists of a money judgment;" and

WHEREAS, by virtue of the facts set forth in the plea agreement, the United States has established the requisite nexus between the $125,000 judgment and the offense; and

WHEREAS, the United States, having submitted the Amended Order herein to the Defendant through its attorney of record, to review, and no objections having been received;

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED:

1. Defendant PETS PHARMA, S.A. De C.V.(1) shall forfeit to the United States the sum of $125,000 pursuant to Title 21, United States Code, Section 853(a)(1) and (a)(2); and

2. The Clerk of the Court is directed to enter a judgment in favor of the United States against Defendant PETS PHARMA, S.A. De C.V. in the amount of $125,000.00 with interest to accrue thereon in accordance with law; and

3. This Court shall retain jurisdiction in the case for the purpose of enforcing the order of forfeiture and collecting ...


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