North Vancouver’s fake Viagra dealers avoid hard times but face heavy penalties

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Fortunately, the duo’s fines for selling off-brand erectile dysfunction drugs were low.

Two North Vancouver residents have avoided hard times but face fines after pleading guilty to importing and selling off-brand erectile dysfunction drugs.

Mohamad Fejvai Nejad, 31, and Marissa Tettamanti, 23, pleaded guilty to selling prescription drugs without a prescription and using a drug in a deceptive manner between spring 2017 and summer 2018, when ‘they were arrested.

According to a joint statement of the facts from the Crown and defense attorneys filed in North Vancouver Provincial Court on Friday, the two generic drugs containing the same medicinal ingredients as Viagra and Cialis from Tehran then sold them online at local buyers for over $ 30 per person. pill.

Health Canada staff noticed the ads on Craigslist and hired private investigators to make undercover purchases. Sometimes Fejvai Nejad also offered medical advice to his clients, warning them to start with low doses.

Fejvai Nejad and Tettamanti announced that the pills were “always real, guaranteed” and even warned that “cheap knockoffs” could pose health risks.

But, without proper medical supervision, Fejvai Nejad and Tettamanti themselves provided a lot of risk, Judge Patricia Bond concluded, noting that the drugs “would have significant effects on individuals, including the possibility of heart attack and dead, ”she said.

The victims who bought the drugs were usually older men, dressed in suits, crown attorney Michelle Ball said. The very health problems that caused erectile dysfunction in men can put them, without the proper supervision of a doctor, at a higher risk of side effects. Health Canada also had to divert its resources from regulation and administration to investigate Fejvai Nejad and Tettamanti, Ball added.

The two men were also initially charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking because they had also supplied a product called THC Climax, but those charges were stayed by the Crown.

Through their lawyers, the two defendants expressed remorse for their actions.

For his role, Fejvai Nejad was fined $ 6,000 per charge for a total of $ 12,000. Tettamanti was fined $ 3,000 on each count, for a total of $ 6,000.

Those fines are low on what the courts could apply, Ball said, but she accepted a softer sentence on the grounds that neither Fejvai Nejad nor Tettamanti would likely be able to pay much more. Fejvai Nejad filed for bankruptcy in 2018 and both now depend on their parents for their income while trying to change their lives.

Fejvai Nejad’s lawyer told the court that his client only turned to drug sales after an autoimmune disease prevented him from continuing his career in sales and human resources.

They were also sentenced to two years of probation.

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