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Ex-Korean Policeman Sentenced for Carrying Bogus Pills

Ex-Korean Policeman Sentenced for Carrying Bogus Pills

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A former South Korean law enforcement officer living in Los Angeles was sentenced today to two-and-a-half years in federal prison for attempting to smuggle thousands of phony erectile dysfunction pills into the United States by hiding them in his golf bag and luggage.

Kil Jun Lee, 73, of Koreatown, was convicted in May of federal charges, including trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Customs officers at Los Angeles International Airport found more than $750,000 worth of phony erectile dysfunction pills in Lee's luggage when he returned from a trip to South Korea in February 2012, according to court papers.

The luggage contained 29,827 counterfeit Viagra tablets, 8,993 counterfeit Cialis pills and 793 phony Levitra tablets, all concealed in aluminum-foil-wrapped packets, prosecutors said.

When Lee was asked if the medication was for his own use, he said that if he used all of it, it would kill him because he has a heart condition, according to the criminal complaint.

A subsequent analysis of some of the seized pills revealed that none of them matched the ingredients contained in the genuine products, according to prosecutors.

 

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