New Zealand Citizen Pleads Guilty in US Counterfeit Drug Case

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Robin Han, a citizen of New Zealand, faces up to 30 years in prison and possible $6 million fine after his guilty plea on counterfeit drug charges. US attorneys from the Central District of California prosecuted Han on charges he conducted a large scale counterfeit drug trafficking business in the United States. The indictment was filed in 2007, but Han had been living beyond the reach of prosecution in China until March 29th of this year. He was caught when he was taken into custody after a flight into San Francisco International airport.

Who: US Attorneys Office, Homeland Security Investigations, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

When: July 19, 2012; 2006-2007.

Where: San Francissco, California, United States.

How: Mail-order sting operation purchased $20,000 worth of counterfeit drugs, arrest at San Francisco International Airport by US Customs Agents.

Additional details:Han sold his counterfeit drugs via several websites. He first came to the attention of US authorities when US Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a shipment containing counterfeits of the drug Cialis.

Related sources:

"Major overseas supplier of phony pharmaceuticals pleads guilty to federal charges," HIS ICE News Release. July 19, 2012.

"Post-Indictment Arraignment Calendar," US District Court, Central District of California. June 11, 2012.

"New Zealander pleads guilty of supplying fake erectile dysfunction drugs in U.S.," CNN. July 20, 2012.

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