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Chicago man allegedly took part in fake Viagra sales

Updated: September 9, 2013 2:58PM



Guys who bought what they thought was Viagra from Fayez Al-Jabri got stiffed, the feds say.

That’s because the iconic little blue pills the 45-year-old Chicagoan allegedly traded by the thousand weren’t the real deal. According to a federal indictment unsealed in Texas this week, the “Viagra” pills Al-Jabri sold were Chinese-made counterfeits.

Al-Jabri and his codefendant, Jamal Khattab, 49, of Texas, were nabbed earlier this week after they allegedly sold 17,000 phony Viagra pills to an undercover agent who’d infiltrated their smuggling ring.

The pair shipped the misbranded impotency drugs in bulk from China to Houston and Chicago between 2010 and 2012, then broke it down into smaller packages to sell, according to the indictment.

But its not clear from court papers whether the fake drugs did what they were advertised to do.

Either way, Al-Jabri faces up to five years in prison if he’s convicted of trafficking in counterfeit and misbranded drugs, while Khattab faces up to 20 years if he’s convicted of smuggling.

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