A Kansas City man faces up to 36 years in prison for possession and distribution of prescription pills. According to court documents, charges were filed March 2nd for Brian Hoskins, 29. The charges include possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and acting as a wholesale drug distributor without a license.
According to documents, Hoskins obtained more than 35,000 prescription pills from India and Thailand and was distributing them throughout the U.S. A 100-thousand-dollar cash bond has been set in the case and Hoskins remains in a Platte County jail.
An extensive investigation was conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies including the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Border Patrol, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Court documents indicate that in June of 2014, investigators with the Border Patrol seized a package containing a large amount of controlled substances at JFK Airport. The parcel was being shipped from India to Hoskins at a downtown Kansas City post office.
The Kansas City Police Department conducted a surveillance on July 7, 2014 at the post office and discovered Hoskins had retrieved six parcels. An officer engaged Hoskins and a search of his backpack revealed approximately 8,400 prescription pills shipped from India.
According to court documents, Hoskins spent approximately six years in Bangkok, where he gained various contacts in order to ship prescription pills to the United States. Hoskins allegedly used Skype and Google to contact pill distributors in India and Thailand, giving them addresses to ship the pills to him in the United States. A search of Hoskins’ bedroom revealed approximately 20,000 pills along with various shipping supplies.
Hoskins is being held in a Platte County jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond. If convicted of all counts, he faces up to 36 years in prison.