RIDGELAND, Miss.--If you got the little blue pill, yeah, we're talkin' Viagra, and it did nothing for you love life, then you may have gotten your prescription filled by 61-year-old Alicia Ospina of Ridgeland. Attorney General Jim Hood announced her arrest Thursday after she was indicted by a Madison County grand jury.
Hood told us Ospina was selling the pills from Bontanical Yaruba, telling people it was the prescription erectile dysfunction remedy, when in fact it was totally phony.
The case began in 2010. Hood credits his office's "Kock Out Knock-Offs" program, aimed at cutting out the sale of counterfeit goods and prosecuting those who sell them.
"It is the sale of counterfeit pharmeceuticals and other such dangerous goods that concerns me the most," he said. "Counterfeit drugs may be loaded with dangerous and ineffective substances, either of which can be deadly to any consumer."
Agents from the U.S. Attorney's office, the Dept. of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs and the Miss. Attorney General's office are cooperating to help stop the sale counterfeit goods, said Hood. He said 25 search warrants were issued in 2010. The businesses were told to stop selling the items and most did.
If convicted, Ospina could spend ten years in prison.