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Liquor store sold Viagra without a prescription, Tampa police say

TAMPA — People who got their Viagra fix at a liquor store's drive-through will have to find a doctor from now on, according to Tampa police.

Detectives said they got a tip that OK Liquors & Spirits at 3607 N Nebraska Ave. was selling the erectile dysfunction drug without a prescription.

They confirmed the tip by making undercover purchases from the store three times in three weeks — paying $16 each time for a little blue pill.

Douglas Dale Arp, 55, who police said had worked at the business on and off for 20 years, was taken into custody as officers executed a search warrant there Wednesday evening.

He was the employee who sold them the drug each time and had obtained the pills illegally from Canada, said Lt. Bill Ferguson.

Customers who gave a code word — which authorities would not disclose — were able to buy the pills at the drive-through.

In their search, police confiscated 43 Viagra and nine Cialis pills and seized the store's cash. They also called on state officials to revoke the store's liquor license.

County property records show the building is owned by Feroz and Salima Bhojani, who also own the business, according to police.

OK Liquors once had its license revoked and was ordered to pay a civil penalty in 2009 for criminal activity, according to state licensing records.

Three complaints have been lodged against the establishment since, but none drew significant action.

Liquor store sold Viagra without a prescription, Tampa police say 07/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 11:22pm]
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