Erectile Dysfunction

Fake Viagra Sold to Thousands of Men Looking for Low Cost, Black Market Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

Members of a counterfeit drug ring were arrested after selling fake Viagra to thousands of men in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Sweden. Authorities described it as a large-scale, highly organized criminal enterprise that greatly endangered public safety. Members of the counterfeit drug ring offered low cost, black market erectile dysfunction treatments to men online and in person.

The criminals made nearly $65,000 per week selling counterfeit Viagra. Authorities believe that catastrophic damage could have been done to the public. Dangerous substances such as acid, debris, and road paint were found in the fake pills.

According to court records, the conspiracy lasted for almost 8 years. The perpetrators used several fake businesses to conceal their illegal activities and launder money. They pretended to sell jewelry, cosmetics, and fishing equipment in exchange for electronic payments. The money was laundered through more than 100 banks around the world. In total, the crime ring laundered over $8.5 million.

Prosecutor Gillian Jones said that this case was not about distributing affordable medications. The criminals were motivated by money and greed. They completely disregarded public safety. After the arrest, authorities seized counterfeit Viagra and Valium.

The full impact is not yet known because authorities have not discovered all the bank accounts. Some purchases cannot be traced because they were paid for in cash. As demand for low cost, black market Viagra increased, the criminal enterprise expanded to include Germany, Sweden, and France. The perpetrators also opened bank accounts in Belize and Panama.

One defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply unlicensed medicines. He also admitted to two counts of money laundering and possession of counterfeit medications. The judge sentenced him to 6 years in prison. His partner pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply medicines and one count of money laundering. She was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison.

Another defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply unlicensed medications and one count of money laundering. She was sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison. Her son was sentenced to 14 months in prison, which was suspended for 2 years. His crimes involved setting up a fake company called Shore Catch to sell counterfeit medications and launder money.

His sister was sentenced to 16 months in prison, but her sentence was also suspended for 2 years. Her role was to set up a fake fishing equipment company to sell counterfeit medications and launder money. Several other defendants pleaded guilty to a variety of charges that included conspiracy, money laundering, and possession of counterfeit medications.

The judge stated that the use of counterfeit medications such as Viagra could cause serious harm to the public. Pfizer, the manufacturer of Viagra, tested the counterfeit pills and discovered that they contained several harmful substances and toxic materials. Fortunately, there haven’t been any reports of injury or death. However, the public needs to remain cautious and only purchase medications from reputable sources.