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Ark Pharm, a popular low-cost chemical supplier raided by the DEA and shut down.

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  1. Lazarus Link
    YAY something about Chicago in the news! ......oh. Well...at least it’s not shootings.

    YAY something about Chicago in the news! ......oh.

    Well...at least it’s not shootings.

    1 vote
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    Luna (edited ) Link
    Edit: Please disregard this comment, I was thinking the article gave the full picture of the company's operations. (I was wrong, but I'll leave it up.) OP, I'm curious why you chose to...

    Edit: Please disregard this comment, I was thinking the article gave the full picture of the company's operations. (I was wrong, but I'll leave it up.)

    OP, I'm curious why you chose to editorialize the title and label them as "a popular low-cost chemical supplier". The article certainly didn't say that is what they were. They were smuggling in "fentanyl and fentanyl precursors" from China labeled as plastics on customs forms, then reselling them over the Internet, all the while not having the appropriate licenses to handle narcotics.

    Technically, you're not wrong about them being a chemical supplier, but that's giving off a very rosy image of a legitimate company that somehow ended up on the wrong side of the DEA. (There is a lot to criticize about the DEA, but given what the article has said, I don't think their actions were unjustified here.)

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      nate Link Parent
      I guess you're not a chemist? I work in the field, Ark Pharm did a lot of business with academics and large pharma companies, they were seen as a legit chemical supplier, which is why this is so...

      I guess you're not a chemist?

      I work in the field, Ark Pharm did a lot of business with academics and large pharma companies, they were seen as a legit chemical supplier, which is why this is so surprising.

      They weren't a major one, but still everyone knew them. I never said the company wasn't in the wrong, they certainly are.

      4 votes
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        Luna Link Parent
        Oh, I just went off the article (I'm not a chemist). I was unaware that they had legitimate dealings as well, the article made them seem like a cover-up for a drug smuggling operation. I edited my...

        Oh, I just went off the article (I'm not a chemist). I was unaware that they had legitimate dealings as well, the article made them seem like a cover-up for a drug smuggling operation.

        I edited my comment, sorry for being an ass.

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        1. nate Link Parent
          I'm a Principal Scientist/R&D Group Leader for the largest research chemical distributer in the world, we carried Ark Pharm's catalog on our website. My group ordered starting materials through...

          I'm a Principal Scientist/R&D Group Leader for the largest research chemical distributer in the world, we carried Ark Pharm's catalog on our website. My group ordered starting materials through them as well, as did at least 30 of the largest pharma companies.

          This is like if you found out the car company Kia was raided by the government, sure they aren't the biggest player, but you see them a lot, and lots of noncriminals have them.

          2 votes
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    episode Link
    Popular low cost low-cost chemical supplier raided by the Man. What was the chemical? fentanyl. oh.

    Popular low cost low-cost chemical supplier raided by the Man.

    What was the chemical?

    fentanyl.

    oh.

    1. nate Link Parent
      They sold a lot of chemicals, I think their catalog was something like 300,000 compounds, it appears they just didn't give two shits about doing it legally and getting the proper licenses, or...

      They sold a lot of chemicals, I think their catalog was something like 300,000 compounds, it appears they just didn't give two shits about doing it legally and getting the proper licenses, or checking to see if their customers did either. I don't believe selling illicit drugs was their primary focus, it's just something they didn't take pains to not do, which you really have to do in the business if you want to avoid going to prison.

      3 votes