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Man who imported fake Viagra is jailed

A trader who imported fake Viagra pills into Britain from India and China and tried to sell them on the internet has been given a one-year jail sentence.

Northampton Crown Court heard that Victor Cheke (42) was caught after UK Border Agency staff at Coventry Airport intercepted parcels containing tens of thousands of tablets to treat erectile dysfunction.

Some of the packages, all of which were addressed to Cheke's home in Northampton, contained up to 16,500 tablets, which the warehouse worker intended to sell for 25p each.

Cheke, who was struggling with his finances at the time of the offences, pleaded guilty in July to the importation of fake and unlicensed drugs and possessing counterfeit medicinal products with a view to selling them.

Passing sentence, Judge Richard Bray told Cheke: "These were serious offences because the drugs could have had unpleasant or even dangerous consequences for those who used them.

"There are good reasons which require drugs such as this to be licensed and sold on prescription."

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