'Anti-impotence' coffee confiscated
- Published: 29 Oct 2013 at 08.30
- Online news:
Authorities seized more than 60,000 packages of coffee believed to be mixed with an anti-impotence drug in Kannayao district of Bangkok on Monday.
Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) and Food and Drug Administration officers raided a three-storey house on Ram Intra Road about 11am on a tip-off that coffee mixed with sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, was being kept there.
A total of 66,264 packages of the coffee in 137 boxes were confiscated. The haul is valued at 3 million baht.
Paithoon Sangsinil, a shareholder of Saha Mangkang Ltd, which is located in the building, told investigators the partnership distributed the coffee, but did not produce it.
He told investigators he was unaware the product, which has been on sale since February last year, contained controlled substances.
MPB Children and Women Protection Sub-Division superintendent Pol Col Napanwut Liamsanguan said he had received complaints about the coffee, so he sent samples to the Department of Medical Sciences, which found it contained sildenafil.
If sildenafil is also found in the seized batch, the coffee producers and distributors will face charges involving the sales of contaminated substances. The coffee was made in Chumphon, Pol Col Napanwut said.