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A Los Angeles man pleaded guilty Thursday to selling prescription drugs falsely marketed as “all-natural” versions of Viagra and Cialis when, in reality, they contained the same active ingredients as the prescription drug.

Almuntasser “Alex” Hbaiu, 36, entered the plea to a federal count of receipt and delivery of misbranded drugs in interstate commerce, court records show. Sentencing was set for Feb. 11.

Prosecutors contend that Hbaiu and at least four others were involved with various companies that sold drugs called “Mojo Nights,” “Libigrow” and “Blue Diamond” that were marketed as “all-natural” versions of sexual enhancement drugs such as Viagra and Cialis.

In fact, the drugs contained sildenafil citrate, the active ingredient in Viagra, and Tadalafil, the active ingredient in Cialis, officials said.

Both brands are prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

The misbranded “performance enhancers” were sold on Internet websites as well as physical locations, federal prosecutors said.

In addition, according to a superseding indictment, the defendants conspired to avoid the requirement that banks report cash transactions of $10,000 or more by “structuring” deposits made into various bank accounts.

— City News Service 

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