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TikToker Accused of Selling Illegal  Ozempic


In one case, the Mesofrance that Reyes sold to a White Plains woman was tainted with a bacteria.
In one case, the Mesofrance that Reyes sold to a White Plains woman was tainted with a bacteria.

In a shocking turn of events, a wannabe TikTok influencer's reckless actions have left individuals in a perilous state. Isis Navarro Reyes, 36, under the alias "Beraly Navarro," allegedly received popular weight loss drugs like Ozempic, Mesofrance, and Acxion from Central and South America, then promoted and sold them on TikTok in dozens of videos from November 2022 to January 2024.

Reyes, a resident of Shirley, New York, did not have the required license to sell drugs, nor did she request prescriptions from her customers, according to a criminal complaint from the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office. Under the account "beralyreyes88," she not only showcased these unauthorized weight loss drugs but also provided instructions on usage, injection methods, purported personal experiences, side effects, and effectiveness in her videos. She even shared her cellphone number and encouraged viewers to contact her for purchases.

One disturbing case involved a victim from White Plains who developed lesions after systematically injecting herself with contaminated Mesofrance purchased from Reyes. Despite receiving 30 injections of Mesofrance by mail, the victim suffered mycobacterium abscessus infection, a fast-growing and drug-resistant bacteria, due to the tainted drug.


 

Reyes' illicit activities were unearthed with the sale of Ozempic to an undercover agent in January 2024. She admitted to procuring Ozempic from El Salvador and acknowledged selling it multiple times through TikTok advertising. Furthermore, she confessed to acquiring Mesofrance on Facebook and later halting its sales upon recognizing its illegal nature.

Manhattan US Attorney Damian Williams emphasized the gravity of Reyes' actions, noting the significant harm caused to victims. Reyes now faces charges including smuggling, receipt of misbranded drugs in interstate commerce, distributing misbranded drugs, conspiracy, and related crimes, carrying a maximum prison sentence of 25 years if convicted on all counts.

Reyes' criminal defense attorney has yet to respond to these allegations. This alarming incident highlights the dangers of purchasing unregulated medications online and underscores the importance of verifying drug authenticity, legality, and safety before consumption.

Amidst a surge in popularity of weight loss drugs like Ozempic, it is crucial to exercise caution, conduct thorough research, consult healthcare professionals, and avoid succumbing to dubious influencers promising quick fixes. Let this serve as a sobering reminder of the risks associated with unchecked drug sales and consumption in the digital age.

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