Importing prescription drugs without a DEA license is illegal, reports the United States Food and Drug Administration. Furthermore, United States Customs has the authority to seize and confiscate prescription medication ordered through the mail.
Ordering medicine from outside the United States is risky due to potential health concerns from substandard or counterfeit medication, warns the FDA. Consumers risk prosecution if they import and possess controlled substances without valid prescriptions. Law enforcement can execute a controlled delivery and arrest the recipient if prescription drugs are discovered in the mail, reports Spike TV. Penalties for drug possession vary by state and may include fines, probation and jail time, notes FindLaw.com.