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CBP in Puerto Rico Seizes 1,869 Counterfeit Viagra Pills and 1,620 Unsafe Motorcycle Helmets

Release Date: 
April 16, 2021
The fake viagra pills are displayed.
CBP seized fake Viagra pills.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and Import Specialists in the Port of San Juan recently seized 1,869 counterfeit Viagra pills and 1,620 H half face motorcycle helmets that did not comply with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulations.

“Consumers and small resellers purchase counterfeit products knowing the intrinsic value that these brands represent,” indicated Leida Colon, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Trade.  “Also consumers should be aware that safety regulations ensure that products meet quality standards to protect them from under par products.”

CBP officers discovered the counterfeit Viagra from a ferry passenger arriving from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on board the ferry. 

If the pills had been genuine, the Manufacturers Suggested Retail price would be $128,866.

CBP Officers, working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) detained a shipment of half face motorcycle helmets. The examination revealed that the shipment violated highway traffic safety regulations. 

The shipment was appraised at a Domestic Value (DV) of $307,783.80. 

The majority of the counterfeit items seized in the San Juan Field Office are illegitimate goods in the jewelry, handbags, electronics, footwear, clothing and prescription drugs product categories. The source economies for most of these items are Hong Kong and China.   

CBP has also established an educational initiative to raise consumer awareness about the consequences and dangers associated with purchasing counterfeit and pirated goods online or in stores. More information about that initiative is available at www.cbp.gov/fakegoodsrealdangers

If you have any information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity, please contact CBP through the e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System or by calling 1-800-BE-ALERT. Intellectual property rights violations can also be reported to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at https://www.iprcenter.gov/referral/ or by telephone at 1-866-IPR-2060. 

For more information about protecting yourself from counterfeit and pirated goods, visit https://www.stopfakes.gov/

Follow CBP Office of Trade on Twitter @CBPTradeGov

Last modified: 
November 29, 2021