Men Charged With Smuggling 19,319 Tablets of ‘Counterfeit’ Viagra

August 8, 2013 - 11:07 AM
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(CNSNews.com) – Two men have been charged in a conspiracy of trafficking in fake Viagra, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Jamal Khattab, of Texas, and Fayez Al-Jabri, of Chicago, were charged in an 11-count indictment for smuggling 19,319 “counterfeit” Viagra tablets between July 2010 and September 2011.

The men sold the pills, which were counterfeits of Pfizer-brand Viagra from China, to an undercover federal agent.  Pfizer Inc. has the exclusive right to sell the male enhancement drug in the U.S.

After smuggling the fake Viagra from China, Khattab and Al-Jabri would then allegedly ship it to Chicago or to Houston, “in bulk for later distribution in smaller quantities,” the DOJ said.

“It was the object of the conspiracy for the defendants and others to unlawfully enrich themselves by distributing pharmaceutical drug products that bore the trademarks associated with Viagra, without the authorization of the manufacturer of said drug,” the indictment, filed with the Southern District of Texas, states.

Khattab, 49, has been charged with “one count of conspiracy, one count of smuggling goods into the United States, two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods, two counts of trafficking in misbranded drugs and two counts of trafficking in counterfeit drugs.”

Al-Jabri, 45, faces “one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, one count of trafficking in misbranded drugs and one count of trafficking in counterfeit drugs.”

Both face up to 5 years in prison for the conspiracy, and if found guilty, Khattab could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison for the smuggling charge, which also carries a maximum $2.5 million fine.