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Elysian Valley man convicted of selling counterfeit Viagra from his vehicle

An Elysian Valley man has been convicted of selling counterfeit Viagra and other pharmaceuticals from his SUV while it was parked near the Cypress Park Home Depot.

Diego Rafael Alvarez, 50, pled no contest to one count of unlawfully furnishing a dangerous drug and one count of possession for sale of a counterfeit mark, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced today.

Alvarez offered to sell an undercover private investigator and an LAPD detective packs of counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills on three separate occasions from his GMC Yukon while it was parked at 2055 N. Figueroa St., a Home Depot.

“The undercover Detective was offered yellow and blue tablets which contained the same active ingredients as Viagra and violated trademarks registered to Eli Lilly and Company and Pfizer, Inc.,” said a press release. “The Detective also observed several hundred counterfeit pharmaceuticals in a toolbox on the front passenger seat of Alvarez’s vehicle.”

Later, a search Alvarez’s home in nearby Elysian Valley recovered a total of 3,563 pharmaceuticals, of which 3,498 purported to contain active ingredients requiring a prescription. Alvarez is not a licensed pharmacist and is not qualified to sell pharmaceuticals. The estimated retail value of the recovered drugs is $9,177.

Alvarez was ordered to perform 30 days of community labor and pay $2,500 in restitution and over $7,000 in fines and penalties. He must also stay 100 yards away from 2055 N. Figueroa Street and not possess any prescription medication unless prescribed to him by a licensed physician.

“People who deal counterfeit drugs pose a threat to public health and safety and we will hold them accountable,” said Feuer in a statement.

Lucy Guanuna is a freelance reporter who has covered a variety of issues, including business, education and social justice movements in her native Los Angeles. Her work has been published in the Daily Sundial, L.A. Activist, and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal.

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4 comments

  1. Did the undercover cop “test” the product to make sure?

  2. Products were lab tested and evaluated by experts to determine they were counterfeit.

  3. This guy’s sales are sagging but elsewhere, sales are way up!

  4. Way to go LAPD !!!! Excellent use of resources !!! A guy selling dick pills …. really.

    Also I doubt they violated any trademarks. These where more than likely just generic pills.

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