Thousands of fake Viagra pills found at house in Northampton.

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THOUSANDS of fake Viagra pills and items of counterfeit clothing were found after trading standards officers raided a Northampton house, a court has heard.

Victor Cheke, aged 41, of Leyside Court, Overstone Lodge, Northampton, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday, charged with importing a prescription drug for sale without authority and possessing clothing with a false trade mark for sale.

The court heard that a raid of Cheke’s house on April 9 uncovered more than 8,000 tablets, which contained Sildenafil, a drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. It is alleged that Cheke was importing the fake Viagra from a country outside the UK.

Counterfeit clothing with designer names such as Ralph Lauren, Adidas and Lyle & Scott were also found on the premises.

Catherine Rabiotti, prosecuting, said Viagra should only be prescribed by someone medically qualified as it posed a danger to anyone with heart problems or with kidney or liver disease.

She said: “There is a risk to the public of prescription only medicines being sold in this way.

“We believe the defendant was running a business trading in counterfeit medicines and goods.”

Cheke offered no plea to the nine charges that he faces, which include three counts of importing a medicinal product without a licence, one count of possessing a medicinal product for supply without authority and five charges of possessing goods with a false trade mark for sale.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction in the case and Cheke must appear at Northampton Crown Court next month for a preliminary hearing.