Authorities discovered an attempt to smuggle 700,000 counterfeit Viagra pills at
the Ashdod Port on Monday.
The erectile dysfunction pills, which in total
weighed half a ton and could have been sold illegally for NIS 20 million, were
hidden in TV tables that a young Hebron resident had imported from
A report on Tuesday said customs officials had intercepted the
shipment, one of the largest hauls of illegal drugs they had ever
The tables were addressed to a Palestinian Authority importer
around age 30, who asked the Customs Authority for permission to release the
container full of furniture and stones. But when it was sent for scanning, the
customs official saw that there was no uniformity in the scanned image and
physically opened the container.
The official found hundreds of
unassembled TV tables in their original wrapping, with the counterfeit pills
hidden inside. Colorful, decorative stones had been placed in the container to
confuse the customs officials and keep them from detecting the
Authorities suggested that due to the size of the shipment, the
pills were meant for sale throughout Israel and not only in PA-controlled
Samples of the medications were sent to the Health
Ministry’s labs for investigation.
Not only was the importation a crime
and a violation of intellectual property laws, but the counterfeit pills would
likely have endangered public health. The pills will be destroyed when the
investigation is complete.