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06/08/2011

Philadelphia man indicted for trafficking in counterfeit pharmaceuticals

PHILADELPHIA - A local man was indicted on Thursday by a federal grand jury for trafficking in counterfeit pharmaceuticals, including Cialis and Viagra tablets.

Randy Hucks, 49, is charged with one criminal count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. The case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Food and Drug Administration.

According to the indictment, Hucks was conducting business under the name Fashionista Emporium, registered at a post office box where he received pharmaceuticals from China. During the course of the investigation, a total of 10,188 tablets of counterfeit Viagra and 3,040 tablets of Cialis were received by Hucks.

On March 30, ICE HSI agents conducted a controlled delivery of a seized U.S. Postal Service international parcel containing more than 10,000 tablets of counterfeit Viagra destined for an address in Philadelphia. Shortly after the package was delivered, Hucks took possession of it and transported the package to his residence in Philadelphia.

If convicted, Hucks faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $2 million fine.