Police seize thousands of fake Viagra

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WILSON’S MILLS – Wilson’s Mills police seized counterfeit Viagra pills worth an estimated $538,384 during a traffic stop. On Wednesday, November 16 at approximately 3:15 p.m., police stopped a passenger car on US Highway 70 at Wilson’s Mills Road.

During the traffic stop, Police Chief AZ Williams said the officer found around 7,000 tablets of Viagra, a drug that is illegal to possess without a prescription in the United States.

In conjunction with a special agent for the North Carolina Secretary of State, who assisted in the identification and seizure, it was determined that the boxed pills contained Chinese markings and were likely a counterfeit mark from outside the United States, fraudulently misrepresented as legitimate Pfizer Viagra.

As a result, the driver, identified as Rahnon Isech Carter, 43, of Toledo, Ohio, was arrested on multiple counts, including possession with intent to sell, manufacture and distribute a controlled substance, criminal use of a counterfeit trademark and several driving offences.

The Wilson’s Mills Police Department will work with the North Carolina Secretary of State on the case and further investigation in the future. The Johnston County District Attorney’s Office and a member of the DEA task force also provided assistance.

“It’s good when we can work together for a common cause. This was a collaborative multi-agency effort that was successful in getting illegal drugs off the streets,” Chief Williams said.

Carter is being held at the Johnston County Detention Center on $40,000 bail.

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