TM Eye detectives have undertaken further raids in India to frustrate the global sale of counterfeit lifesaving medicines leading to the arrest of a major illicit medicines supplier.
On 10 July 2018, detectives from TM Eye’s Illicit Pharmaceutical Team working with TM Eye India operatives and local Indian police carried out a covert test purchase of a large amount fake cancer and mental health medicines. Following the exchange the detectives carried out surveillance on the subject, in demanding and difficult circumstances, that led to a premises in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, India. The premises, a hotel room, were raided by police and the suspect known as SHIVANNA was arrested.
The room had been rented by the suspect for 3 months to operate his global trade in fake drugs. Over 25,951 counterfeit tablets, packaging and bottles were seized. SHIVANNA was a major supplier who supplied others dealers.
TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said, “TM EYE’s Illicit Medicines Team are undertaking cutting edge enforcement activity across the globe. The sale of fake medicines is a vast criminal industry that has been estimated to be worth in excess of £200 billion. It kills hundreds of thousands of people every year across the World. The criminal gangs involved are highly sophisticated and dangerous. India operates as a fulfilment house for many Eastern European criminal networks.
This latest raid has identified another main player in this global crime. He is now in custody and will be prosecuted by the Indian authorities.”