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Crime Q&A: What happened to Elk Grove man accused of selling counterfeit drugs?

Q: What happened to the 2011 conviction of Troy James Taylor of Elk Grove for the sale of counterfeit drugs with the intent to defraud?

Loui the Cat, Sacramento

A: Troy James Taylor pleaded guilty in federal court in May 2011 to the sale of counterfeit drugs with the intent to defraud, a charge stemming from his illegal transportation of counterfeit Viagra and Cialis.

According to court documents available online, Taylor was sentenced in July 2011 to a 36-month term of probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $5,000 fine.

Viagra and Cialis are two oral drugs approved by the Federal Drug Administration to treat erectile dysfunction.

Federal authorities said that from at least May 2007 to March 2008, Taylor illegally imported counterfeit Viagra and Cialis tablets from China and sold them on and elsewhere.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, the investigation began May 8, 2007, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the San Francisco Airmail Facility intercepted a package addressed to Taylor containing more than 1,000 counterfeit prescription tablets of Viagra and Cialis that Taylor had attempted to import from Shanghai through the U.S. mail. Additional shipments of the drugs addressed to Taylor were intercepted either at the San Francisco Airmail Facility or at the post office on nine occasions between August 2007 and March 2008.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy