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March 08, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Man arrested for smuggling 40,000 fake Viagras in golf bag

Kil Jun Lee, a 71-year-old former Korean law enforcement officer who now lives in Los Angeles was arrested for trying to smuggle nearly 40,000 counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills worth $700,000 in his golf bag. 

Lee's arrest comes after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at LAX discovered more than $700,000 worth of phony erectile dysfunction pills in his luggage when he returned from a trip to Korea Feb. 25. Specifically, the criminal complaint states that Lee's luggage contained 29,827 counterfeit Viagra tablets, 8,993 counterfeit Cialis pills and 793 phony Levitra tablets, all concealed in aluminum foil wrapped packets.

According to the complaint, when HSI agents at LAX questioned Lee about whether the medication was for his personal use, he said if he used all of the pills it would kill him because he had a heart condition. 

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Call me crazy, but I think 40,000 fake Viagra’s would kill you, regardless of any prior heart conditions. Maybe we should run a Facebook contest: How many fake Viagras can you fit in your golf bag? Winner gets the new Callaway RAZR Fit driver sitting at my desk? Please feel free to make your own jokes in the comments below. 

I want to mini golf all night… 

If you’re looking for a killer golf deal, look no further than the KISS by Monster Mini Golf on the Las Vegas strip, set to open next Thursday. For $14.95, you not only get a round of 18 on the unique, rock ‘n’ roll-themed mini golf course, but you’ll have the chance to rub shoulders with the band, who will be in attendance for the grand opening. 

"Our challenge is to continue to find ways to weave KISS into the very fabric of Americana," said Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley. "We'll be there to celebrate the first-ever KISS By Monster Mini Golf grand opening in Las Vegas. This is miniature golf KISS style and another part of our KISS world. We've big plans for this, and in this case what happens in Vegas won't stay in Vegas." 

"This venue is perfect for Las Vegas,” added bassist Gene Simmons. “Where else can you go play a round of Kiss By Monster Mini Golf and then renew your wedding vows in an official KISS 'Hotter Than Hell' Wedding Chapel? Only in Vegas." 

More information on the grand opening event can be found here

Hanse’s busy schedule 

If you aren’t familiar with the name Gil Hanse, it’s time to start doing your homework because it’s a name you will be hearing a lot in the next few years. Yesterday it was announced that the American architect has been selected to design the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro, beating out the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Gary Player. 

Teaming up with Hall of Famer Amy Alcott, Hanse gave a sneak peek via his website of what we can expect from their collaboration come 2016.  Rio! 1400

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The Olympic course design isn’t the only thing on Hanse’s plate, though. Beginning after the 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship, Hanse will head the redesign effort of the Blue Monster, now owned by Donald Trump, according to Rex Hoggard

“It needs a lot of work. It’s a little tired, but that’s OK,” said Donald Trump, whose organization purchased Doral for $150 million last month and plans a $200 million renovation of the entire property, including the golf course and resort. 

Among the highlights of Hanse’s proposed redesign is additional length across the 7,334-yard layout and the creation of a peninsula green at the par-4 16th hole.

“What we thought to do was to stretch it to its maximum distance, which would be about 7,600 yards,” Hanse said. “We’ve talked to Tour officials who have talked to Tiger (Woods) and Geoff (Ogilvy). We’ll try to talk to Phil (Mickelson) today to get an idea what they feel is appropriate.” 

“Doral can be the absolute best,” Trump said. “The bones of the place are phenomenal. It was laid out brilliantly.” 

The refashioned course will be tested for the first time when the PGA Tour heads to Doral in 2014.

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