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Detectives from TM Eye’s Illicit Pharmaceutical Team, working with their colleagues in TM Eye India, have raided a counterfeiting factory in Mysore, India recovering large numbers of fake medicines and packaging.




Over 17,000 labels were recovered together with 1,800 fake medicines and 500 bottles.




Azhar Sheikh was arrested by Indian police at a Room on the 3rd Floor, Vinayak Plaza, Sardar Patrappa Road, Bangalore City, Karnataka, India, following surveillance by TM Eye detectives. The fake medicine factory was being run from the premises. Sheikh had sold TM Eye undercover operatives fake ‘life saving’ medicines. He has now been charged with offences under Section 51(B) and 65  of The Copyright Act 1957 (India) and has been remanded in custody to appear at Bangalore Court.


TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”Azhar ran a vast criminal enterprise selling fake life saving medicines. He sold counterfeit pills, labels and bottles on an industrial scale. Our team in India carried out a covert operation and were joined by members of the UK’s Illicit Pharmaceutical Team for the final surveillance operation and raid leading to the arrest and recovery of counterfeit medicines.


This was an outstanding success and we thank the Indian police for their outstanding support in this and other cases we have and are undertaking.”


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TM Eye detectives have undertaken a further covert operation in India leading to the arrest and prosecution of a dealer in illicit and counterfeit medicines.




Working with the TM Eye India team, detectives from TM Eye’s Illicit Pharmaceutical Team based in the UK, travelled to the Indian City of Chennai and carried out surveillance on the suspect identifying  premises where counterfeit illicit medicines and packaging were stored. An undercover operative carried out a series of covert test purchases from the suspect. Once evidence had been secured TM Eye detectives and the Indian police carried out a raid on the premises in the Poonamally area and arrested the suspect.



The suspect Salman Pasha was charged with offences under Section 51(B) and 65 of The Copyright Act 1957 (India) and remanded in custody.



TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”TM Eye are working globally to tackle the trade in illicit medicines. This is organised crime on a vast scale. The importance of our enforcement activities cannot be over stated. These fake drugs can lead to serious injury or death.


The most vulnerable, those who are seriously unwell, purchase these medicines in the brief they are genuine and will treat their illness. The reality is that the medicines being sold as genuine are dangerous or have no beneficial impact.”