On Monday, a Diamond Bar, California man was sentenced for illegally importing the active ingredients of erectile dysfunction drugs, repackaging and selling the drugs as herbal sexual enhancement products. 60-year-old Joseph Jinn or Tzong Hwan Jinn was sentenced to three months in prison to be followed by six months of home detention. The defendant was sentenced by United States District Judge Christina A. Synder for conspiring to import drugs into the United States by utilizing false statements.
The judge sided with the government and imposed a custodial sentence, due to the risk of pharmaceuticals being imported from China. According to documents presented, Jinn was a part of a scheme to import Dapoxetine, Sildenafil and Tadalafil into the United States by making false claims to customs officials. These compounds are the active ingredients for pharmaceutical medications, including Cialis and Viagra.
Jinn claimed that the multi-kilogram shipments were “cooked powder and tools” or “Chinese bread baking mixture”. The United States Customs and Border Protection intercepted a few of the shipments and estimated they had a combined value of approximately $550,000. Jinn confessed in court that he and his co-conspirators repackaged the illegally imported drugs and sold them as “herbal supplement sexual enhancers”.
These products were sold without a prescription, which was required by regulations put in place by the Food and Drug Administration. Jinn’s company had previously received a warning from the FDA that it was engaged in illegal sales. Products in the scheme were sold over the Internet and in storefronts.
As a part of the plea agreement, Jinn has agreed to forfeit roughly $105,000 that was seized from three separate bank accounts during the investigation.