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H.K.-U.S. joint action foils fake drug smuggling plan.

HONG KONG, Sept. 22 Kyodo

Hong Kong and U.S. customs authorities have foiled a scheme to supply fake pharmaceutical drugs worldwide through the Internet, the customs department said Friday.

Hong Kong Customs, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration jointly conducted an undercover operation that has led to the arrest of one suspect in Hong Kong and three others in the United States.

The suspect nabbed in Hong Kong was arrested Thursday at a hotel where he met with undercover agents to close a deal to supply 400,000 tablets of fake drugs, including impotence pills Viagra and Cialis.

''Some of the drugs have the ingredient of the genuine drugs, some do not have any genuine ingredient,'' Ben Leung, head of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau, told reporters.

The suspect arrested in Hong Kong will be extradited to the United States, he said.
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