The September Atlantic had a brief note in its Primary Sources section about how “Terrorists are turning more and more to crime to fund violence.” The piece references a Congressional Research Service report that apparently included “bootlegging Viagra” as one source of income.
I guess they’ve moved on from infant formula.
In any case, I did a bit of searching around and found this MSNBC/Newsweek piece from August 2006, which describes an alleged criminal ring in Detroit that was funneling funds to Hizbullah in 2002:
By 2002, Hammoud and some of his colleagues were believed to be running $500,000 worth of cigarettes a week across state lines and expanding into stolen contraband and counterfeit goods, including Viagra tablets. During a three-month period that year, authorities allege, more than 90,000 Viagra knockoffs were purchased, with a plan to sell them as the real thing. “They’re small, they’re high in demand and they’re easily transportable,” says Bob Clifford, a senior FBI agent. “They’re the perfect medium.”
I guess that does sound easier to market than stolen baby food.
It’s not good news for the average American suburbanite.
Looks like all that’s left is rock and roll…wait.