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Stiff Penalty for Male Meds

Stiff Penalty for Male Meds

A father and two sons from Rowland Heights have been sentenced for illegally importing an erectile dysfunction medication, manufacturing it into pills and selling them nationwide as a “male enhancement” drug, federal authorities said Friday.

United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson sentenced Won Bae Kim, 61, to 11 months in federal prison and ordered him to pay a $10,000 following his conviction for unlawfully importing tadalafil, which is the active ingredient in the commercial erectile dysfunction drug Cialis, U.S. Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.

His sons, Jong Ik Kim, 35, and Jong Heon Kim, 34, were each sentenced to one year probation, including six months of home detention. The sentencing took place in federal court in Los Angeles.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported the father started a business under the name Kawa Health, which sold pills labeled as “Xzen 1200” via the Internet and adult book stores. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, they imported “pounds” of tadalafil from China and sold it as Xzen 1200.

“The packaging for the drugs did not disclose that tadalafil was an ingredient, which prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning about the product earlier this year,” according to the statement. “the investigation revealed that the Kims generated sales of more than $300,000 over a one-year period.”

During a search of the family’s Rowland Heights home, officials said, investigators found large amounts of pills, packaging materials for Xzen 1200 and $13,000 in cash.

--Posted by KFI News anchor Terry Anzur

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