Sacto 9-1-1
June 24, 2011
Feds arrest Sacramento man for selling fake Viagra, cultivating pot

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com

Steven Navarro of Sacramento was arrested today by federal agents on charges of trafficking in counterfeit Viagra and cultivating marijuana.

Navarro, 29, advertised on the Internet what he represented to be Viagra, a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction, a grand jury indictment says. A year ago, according to court documents, he sold 16 tablets to an FBI informant, and laboratory testing showed that, while the tablets did contain some sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient of Viagra, they were not authentic. The tablets and their packaging looked legitimate and could easily be confused for genuine Viagra, the documents say.

Subsequently, agents intercepted two packages from China addressed to Navarro that contained counterfeit Viagra and, in a search of his residence, found more of the bogus tablets and approximately 400 marijuana plants, court papers say.

Navarro advertised his pills as "100% real" at "the cheapest price around," according to U. S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner. "The pills....were manufactured somewhere in China by an unknown entity," he said. "This case is a reminder to consumers that they should only obtain prescription pharmaceutical drugs by prescription. Otherwise, they may be putting themselves at risk."

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