The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a conclusion from the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations for the owner of JMM LLC, based out of Rhode Island, who smuggled erectile dysfunction drugs that were called Herbal Dietary Supplements from the People’s Republic of China.
The owner of JMM LLC pled guilty to the charges in the U.S. District Court in Providence, Rhode Island. This was after she imported literally thousands of Durasex and Super Sense One capsules that were mislabeled. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi accepted the guilty plea. The results were announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, Mark Dragonetti, Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Criminal Investigations, and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston.
Between last quarter of 2006 and last quarter of 2008, JMM LLC, ordered Durasex and Super Sense One capsules from Chengdu Kang Quan Health Product Company, based out of China. The products had false shipping labels and/or invoices. The shipping label and invoices described the products as “Cinnamon Extract,” “Ginseng Extract,” or “Multivitamin samples”. Then, JMM LLC falsely labeled the packages as “Made in the U.S.A.” The packages bearing the false products were distributed to other distributors and retail stores throughout the U.S.
The allegations surfaced after Federal search warrants were executed through a cooperative effort, including: R.I. FDA/OCI Task Force, comprised of agents from ICE – Homeland Security Investigations; Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations Division; U.S. Postal Service Inspectors; Rhode Island State Police; North Providence Police; East Providence Police; and the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. Investigators went to the company’s office and the owner’s home to seize thousands of packages of pills, labeling materials, computers and company documents. Approximately two years later, the owner was arrested.
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