Feds seize $1.2 million of Viagra, 'miracle honey' sent to St. Louis County

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By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

CINCINNATI (KMOX) - An investigation is underway after federal agents seized a large shipment bound for St. Louis County that contained thousands of Viagra pills and another drug known as "miracle honey."

The shipment coming from Istanbul, Turkey was headed to a Florissant, Mo., address and labeled as "herbal pasta." Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted the packages.

Had the 43 boxes of 17,400 Viagra pills been legally sold, they'd be worth about $1,234,400.

The seizure also included 36 pounds of "miracle honey," which authorities say is honey laced with the active ingredient in Viagra, sildenafil.

“The FDA is concerned about the illegal importation of prescription medications as these drug products may pose a significant risk to public health. Like the products seized by our partners at CBP, these products are not always made under good manufacturing practice (GMP) conditions,” Assistant Commissioner for Import Operations Dan Solis said in a news release. “All prescription products should only be used under the supervision of medical professionals able to identify appropriate products for patients and monitor for potential side effects. Our strong relationship with CBP enables the kind of collaborative work necessary to best apply each agency’s authority and enforcement tools and prevent potentially dangerous medical products from entering the US.”

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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