U.S. Customs Seize 20,000 Counterfeit Medications at Kennedy Airport

At New York’s Kennedy Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection flagged a cargo shipment from Hong Kong labeled “Farsan Sweet Dryfruit” for inspection on Thursday, February 17, 2011, and found approximately 20,000 pills inside.

Fox News New York reported that officers examined the pills and identified them as counterfeit sildenafil, tadalfil and vardenafil.

“The illicit trade in pharmaceuticals poses a serious health and safety risk,” said Robert Perez, the director of field operations for the local field office of Customs and Border Protection. “CBP officers in the greater New York area are some of the best trained law enforcement officers in the nation who are dedicated to their mission of intercepting unlawful items that adversely affect our nation’s communities.”