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04/12/2012

Pennsylvania man indicted for importing counterfeit Viagra and Cialis

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania man was charged Thursday for smuggling counterfeit Viagra and Cialis pills into the United States. This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

An HSI investigation revealed that Randy Hucks, 50, of Philadelphia, rented several mail boxes at the U.S. Postal Facility at 5209 Greene St., in Philadelphia on behalf of businesses that he allegedly owned under such names as Bargain Basket Inc., Fashionista Inc. and Fashionista Emporium Inc.

As part of the alleged scheme, Hucks illegally imported 10,188 counterfeit Viagra pills and 3,040 counterfeit Cialis pills from factories in China.

If convicted, Hucks faces up to 100 years in federal prison and a fine of $5 million.