Lincoln businessman made $1 million off misbranded sexual enhancement drugs

Lincoln businessman made $1 million off misbranded sexual enhancement drugs

Pleads guilty in federal court

LINCOLN – This week, a Lincoln wholesale businessman pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence to selling misbranded drugs containing the active ingredient in Viagra, claiming the drug was an all-natural herbal supplement for male sexual enhancement.

Jeffrey Guzman, 34, of Providence, netted more than $1 million in sales, slinging more than 500,000 capsules of ‘Golden Night’ through his Lincoln-based business Tony’s Enterprise LLC.

Guzman pleaded guilty to fraudulent introduction of a misbranded drug, according to the office of Aaron Weisman, U.S. Attorney for the District of R.I. He admitted to distributing the product to various retail and wholesale businesses throughout New England and New York, claiming the capsules were an all-natural male enhancement supplement.

The results of testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration showed that the Golden Night contained the prescription drug sildenafil, commonly known as the active ingredient in Viagra.

In 2015, an FDA inspection of a New York-based wholesaler revealed quantities of Golden Night for sale at convenience stores and gas stations in the New York area.

The FDA then advised the public not to purchase the drug, explaining that FDA analysis confirmed the presence of sildenafil and that these ingredients were not declared on the label. The notice warned the undeclared ingredients may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels and other potential health consequences.

An undercover FDA agent emailed the notice to Guzman and asked whether Golden Night contained Viagra.

Guzman replied that it did not contain Viagra, claiming the product was safe to take. He then sent the FDA notice to his supplier in China and asked what to do about it, according to information revealed in court. The supplier advised changing the brand name of the product and continuing to sell it. Guzman admitted continuing to sell Golden Night as usual. An FDA agent subsequently purchased Golden Night, which again tested positive for sildenafil.

A court-authorized search of Tony’s Enterprise in June 2018 revealed additional inventory of Golden Night, packaging and marketing materials and various business records. Email search warrants revealed numerous instances in which Guzman falsely answered customer inquiries about Golden Night by stating it was all-natural and did not contain Viagra or require FDA approval.

Laboratory tests of Golden Night also detected the presence of oxytetracycline HCI, also known as Terramycin, a discontinued prescription antibiotic that was used to treat specific diseases in humans. It is currently used in livestock feed to prevent diseases and infections in cattle and poultry.

The website for the Lincoln-based company says Tony's Enterprise LLC specialized in "dietary supplements and enhancement

Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr. on Sep. 9. Fraudulent introduction of a misbranded drug is punishable by statutory penalties of up to three years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams.