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Former Egg Harbor Township man accused of smuggling erectile dysfunction pills

Former Egg Harbor Township man accused of smuggling erectile dysfunction pills

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A former Egg Harbor Township man faces more than 90 years in prison for allegedly illegally importing thousands of generic drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction and induce abortions.

Merwin Marc Snyder, 64, made his first appearance Tuesday in federal court in Camden after being deported from China, according to acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick.

Snyder is charged with one count of conspiracy, three counts of smuggling of misbranded drugs, one count of receipt and delivery of misbranded drugs, four counts of misbranding by dispensing prescription drugs without a valid prescription and four counts of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. He was located in China’s Jiangsu Sheng province earlier this month.

Beginning in May 2010, Snyder received wholesale packages of prescription drugs from India, including unapproved generic versions of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra, as well as unapproved Mifepristone and Misoporstol, according to a December 2015 indictment. The latter two drugs, when used together, can induce abortions, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

He would then repackage the drugs into smaller amounts and sell them to consumers online, usually shipping the packages with a fake return address. Over the next three years, Snyder received 27 packages at his Egg Harbor Township address, totaling more than 53,000 generic male-enhancement tablets, according to a news release.

Snyder faces a maximum 92 years in prison if convicted of all charges. All nine counts carry a fine of up to $250,000, or twice what Snyder allegedly made from the scheme.

In a 2003 story in The Press of Atlantic City, Snyder said he retired after making more than $1 million from various novelty inventions, including talking popcorn, talking fortune cookies and condoms in a fortune cookie.

In retirement, he continued to produce a string of quirky ideas, including a protest against the high cost of prescription drugs. Snyder sent {span data-mce-mark=”1”}100 rolls of toilet paper to Congress with the words “Wipe Out” as part of a plea for cheaper prescriptions.{/span}

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