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A man from the Santa Clarita Valley has agreed to plead guilty in a federal case accusing him of selling pharmaceutical-grade erectile dysfunction pills falsely labeled as herbal remedies for men, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Ronald Daniel Scott, 49, of Stevenson Ranch, is expected to be convicted of an offense of bringing mislabeled drugs into interstate commerce under a plea deal he reached with prosecutors that was filed Wednesday, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said in a press release.
The defendant, who goes by the name “Danny Scott,” is the CEO of Premiere Sales Group Inc., a Santa Clarita-based company that has agreed to plead guilty to the same charge, officials said.
In court documents, Scott admitted to spending $ 3.8 million to acquire at least 1.7 million pills from a manufacturer in Walnut over a period of approximately four years.
The maker, John Seil Lee, 40, pleaded guilty in February to several crimes related to his companies selling erectile dysfunction drugs not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Lee was convicted of smuggling tadalafil, the active ingredient in Cialis, from China. He used the drug to market pills containing up to 14 times the level of tadalafil in Cialis, officials said.
The capsules – sold under names like “Monster X”, “One More Knight” and “Royal Master” – did not have labels revealing tadalafil as an ingredient and fraudulently claimed that no prescription was needed. , according to prosecutors.
Lee is said to have sold drugs for at least $ 11 million.
Because taking them can lead to life-threatening drops in blood pressure, loss of vision and hearing, and painful erections that can lead to permanent injury, the FDA only allows these drugs to be administered under medical supervision.
Scott’s is one of three federal cases filed Wednesday against sellers of Lee’s mislabeled drugs.
Prosecutors have identified six other defendants facing misdemeanor charges:
• Contenda Health LLC, a company based in Southern Pines, North Carolina
• Chase Evan Cranford, 36, of Raleigh, NC, owner of Contenda Health LLC
• Randall Cranford, 65, of Pinehurst, NC, who is the father of Chase Cranford and who helped him with Contenda Health
• Eldorado Trading Company II Inc., a distributor of adult toys and other sex products, based in Broomfield, Colorado
• Jon Vogt, 58, from Erie, Colorado, purchasing director for Eldorado Trading
• Dennis Jones, 65, of Thornton, Colorado, senior buyer at Eldorado Trading
Those defendants are also expected to enter into plea deals, with Contenda Health and the Cranfords admitting to selling more than 1.4 million pills, and the defendants Eldorado Trading admitting to buying hundreds of thousands of pills, officials said.
Men could face up to one year in federal prison, while legal entities could face up to five years probation and financial penalties.
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