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Man faces stiff charges for trafficking fake Viagra, Cialis

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A Missouri resident is scheduled to appear in a Houston court to face charges of trafficking counterfeit versions of two popular erectile dysfunction drugs, in addition to other violations.

An indictment against Timothy Ross Estabrook, 52, was returned under seal on Feb. 13 and unsealed Wednesday after he made an initial appearance in a Kansas City court. He has been released on bond but must appear in court in Houston on March 14.

Estabrook was arrested on Monday at his home in the Mo. town of Lake Waukomis.

The indictment alleges Estabrook smuggled counterfeit Viagra® and counterfeit Cialis® into the U.S. from China before shipping the drugs from Mo. to Texas as part of a partnership with someone in China.

Estabrook also "allegedly conspired to purchase Tadalafil and Sildenafil, the active ingredients in Viagra® and Cialis®, from a co-conspirator in China," according to the indictment. He has also been charged with introducing and delivering misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, smuggling and conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on Thursday.

If convicted, Estabrook faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $2 million fine for trafficking in counterfeit goods and up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine for smuggling. If convicted of the conspiracy charge, he faces an additional sentence of up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine and up to three years and a $10,000 fine for introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.

Homeland Security Investigations and the Food and Drug Administration conducted the investigation into Estabrook.

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