Former headshop owner jailed

The owner of a chain of headshops has been jailed for two years today for illegally importing Viagra-like products.

The owner of a chain of headshops has been jailed for two years today for illegally importing Viagra-like products.

James Bellamy of Castle Court, Killiney Hill Road, Co Dublin told gardaí the prescription drugs were Chinese herbal erectile dysfunction pills.

James Bellamy imported 6,000 packages of the drugs bearing names like Sextasy and Ivory Wave.

The court heard tests on these "Viagra-type" products from China showed some contained anaesthetics, while the rest contained synthetic treatments for erectile dysfunction.

The 64-year-old has been fined €100,000 while his company Harmony Products, now in liquidation, has been fined €150,000 for importation of illegal medical products, selling the drugs wholesale without a license and keeping lidocaine for sale without a license, all between March, 2008 and May, 2010.

James Bellamy, who ran the Nirvana headshop on Capel Street before it was burned down two years ago, also received a three-year prison sentence with one year suspended.

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