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AZ man accused of selling fake Viagra online enters plea

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PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A Phoenix man accused of selling fake sexual stimulation products online has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Melvin John Rutkowski, 68, entered his plea Monday, Maricopa County prosecutors said.

His next court date is an initial pretrial conference on Aug. 5.

The Pfizer Corporation turned to a private security company in April to help them in their probe, said Phoenix police Officer James Holmes.

The private company bought Viagra from an online website and it was tested for authenticity, Holmes said. 

Pfizer determined the product was fake and the security company then called on the Phoenix Police Department's Business and Economic Stability Team for help.

Detectives identified Rutkowski as the suspect, Holmes said.

Phoenix police patrol officers conducted a traffic stop on Rutkowski on Wednesday in the area of 6400 E. Greenway Rd. and a search warrant was served.

The search resulted in the recovery of thousands of counterfeit pills being marketed under the brands Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, Holmes said. 

Detectives also confiscated more than 500 oral gel packs of Kamagra, a sexual stimulant produced and legally sold in India but banned from sale in the U.S.

Holmes said the investigation showed all of the counterfeit and banned products were being shipped via the Postal Service to Rutkowski from India.

Tests by Pfizer determined the counterfeit Viagra did have a percentage of the active ingredient used in their product; however, it was also determined there were chemicals in the stimulants that were not recognized, Holmes said. The nature of those chemicals is still not known. 

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