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This pile of grabbed Viagra pills could cause erections for months.

It’s time to tell the truth, Cincinnati.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have seized huge shipments of illegal Viagra, Cialis and Levitra passing through the Port of Cincinnati in authorized drug shipments since early January, according to a news release from the 2 February.

Viagra, Cialis and Levitra are all brand names of oral medications that treat erectile dysfunction. Once ingested, the pills cause erections that can last anywhere from four hours to 36 hours, depending on the brand.

Federal officials say regular shipments of vitamins, supplements and — for some reason — watches were clogged with illegally imported drugs. Throughout January, federal authorities sucked up more than 32,500 Viagra, Cialis and Levitra pills as well as 1,050 packets of jelly containing “miracle honey,” which contains Viagra’s active ingredient, sildenafil.

Officials say the large illegal packages originated in China, India, Malaysia or Sudan and passed through Cincinnati en route to Indiana, Kentucky and seven other states.

If they had been legally sold, the seized drugs would have been worth around $757,000, officials said.

Drugs from outside the United States are not necessarily regulated or safe, officials say.

“Consumers are buying these prescription drugs from other countries thinking they are getting them at a discount, when in fact they are buying an inferior product with unregulated ingredients,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke. , director of field operations in Chicago, in the Liberation.

Were the drugs meant to be used on Valentine’s Day? Officials don’t say, but Cincinnati officers intercepted a similar shipment last February. There are severe penalties for the crime.

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