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FedEx is facing drug trafficking charges after a federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted the overnight shipping company with conspiring to deliver prescription drugs for illegal Internet pharmacies.

The indictment says FedEx knew for a decade that such pharmacies used their services. FedEx took steps to protect its business by setting up special credit policies for Internet pharmacies so it wouldn't lose money if police shut the sites down, the indictment says. FedEx also ignored warnings from the DEA, FDA and members of Congress.

"FedEx knew that it was delivering drugs to dealers and addicts," the Justice Department said in a press release.

FedEx's couriers in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia told senior FedEx managers that they worried for their safety, and reported instances where dozens of people waited in a parking lot for the FedEx driver to arrive with their drugs," the indictment said.

Federal prosecutors have summoned FedEx to federal court in San Francisco on July 29.

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