Smuggling Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Sold as Herbal Products Gets South Korean Man 4 Years in Federal Prison

A federal judge sentenced Nam Hyun Lee, 62, a.k.a. “Daniel Lee,” a South Korean man living illegal  in the U.S., to 46 months in federal prison for illegally importing bulk quantities of erectile dysfunction drugs that he marketed as herbal male sexual enhancement products that earned him millions of dollars. Lee pleaded guilty to one count of smuggling misbranded drugs, Sildenafil and Tadalafil, the active ingredient in Viagra and Cialis. Lee admitted that in late 2016, he caused 21.4 kilograms of the drugs to be imported into the United States from China, describing the drugs as  “Acrylic Paint” and “Glass Bottles.”

Lee used the Sildenafil and Tadalafil to manufacture pills he sold to distributors, who then sold the products to liquor, gas and convenience stores across the United States, according to court documents. Even though his products contained drugs that required a prescription, the labels on Lee’s products either stated that no prescription was necessary or failed to state one was needed – meaning the products were mislabeled.

Over the course of about 2½ years – until his businesses were shut down by federal authorities in October 2018 – Lee sold at least $3.5 million worth of pills under numerous names, including “Rhino” and variations of that name.

Lee will have to forfeit his $1.2 million Fullerton residence, nearly $458,000 seized from eight bank accounts, $346,324 in U.S. currency, and a 2018 Cadillac Escalade. 

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