LOS ANGELES (CBS DC) — A former Korean law enforcement agent aroused the suspicion of federal agents when he allegedly tried to sneak a golf bag full of fake erectile dysfunction pills into the country.
Kil Jun Lee, 71, was arrested Wednesday morning by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations agents at his Los Angeles apartment.
He is charged trafficking in counterfeit goods – more than $700,000 worth of phony erectile dysfunction pills found in his luggage at LAX when he returned from a trip to Korea Feb. 25.
A criminal complaint states Lee’s luggage contained 29,827 counterfeit Viagra tablets, 8,993 counterfeit Cialis pills and 793 phony Levitra tablets, all wrapped in aluminum foil wrapped packets.
According to the complaint, when Homeland Security agents at LAX questioned Lee about whether the medication was for his personal use, he said if he used all of the pills it would kill him because he had a heart condition.
Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for HSI Los Angeles, said, “Part of what you’re paying for when you buy established brands, regardless of the product, is quality control. Imposter drugs like these pose a serious threat to users who mistakenly assume these substances are safe.”
Lee is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.