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TM Eye detectives have smashed an organised criminal gang operating in Mumbai and Bangalore, India as part of its ongoing investigation into the sale and supply of illicit pharmaceuticals.



On 7 August 2017, TM Eye detectives working in partnership with Indian police, arrested Paresh PATEL in possession of a large quantity of fake medicines, packaging and labels. The arrest and raid of premises in Bangalore follows at 4-month covert investigation by TM Eye’s Illicit Pharmaceutical Team into the open sale of fake ‘life changing and or saving‘ drugs being sold worldwide by criminal gangs. TM Eye undercover operatives purchased fake medicines from PATEL in India throughout May and June 2017. Surveillance identified premises and PATEL was arrested at these premises. PATEL has been charged and remanded in custody.



TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said,” This arrest and raid follows on from the recent success in identifying, searching and seizing a vast amount of illicit medicines in the Kandavali region of Mumbai, as part of the the investigation into the RX Partners criminal empire. 


PATEL ran a criminal network that manufactured and printed high quality fake packaging, labels and bar codes. They then printed up medicine bottles and used either counterfeit or sub standard generic medicines to trick sick and unwell persons into believing they were purchasing genuine products. The risks cannot be over stated and this activity puts lives at real risk.


TM Eye now operates across the Indian sub continent and has a local office in Mumbai from where operational activity is run.


TM Eye is tackling this organised criminality and will continue to target those who put the most vulnerable in our world at risk. PATEL will be charged and remanded in custody. TM Eye will seek to identify the proceeds of these crimes and with the assistance of the Indian authorities confiscate them.


We would like to thank the Indian police for all their support.”


TM Eye operates across the globe and has teams of highly experienced detectives tackling the illicit supply of pharmaceuticals, luxury goods and tobacco. TM Eye brings private criminal prosecutions in the UK against those selling fake goods and has a 100% conviction rate in over 320 criminal cases.


TM Eye has a conventional surveillance team and has the only covert undercover unit outside of law enforcement that daily deploys highly experienced and skilled undercover operatives to gather evidence against the criminal gangs involved.


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AHMED JAVED from Denton, Malden Road, London NW1 appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on 19th July 2017, charged with four offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of the Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to a fine of £240.00 with an additional victims surcharge of £30.00.


The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients Apple Inc on behalf of Beats.


The case follows a covert investigation by TM Eye detectives as part of its Operation PREFIX, targeting illicit traders in the Camden area of London. TM Eye undercover operatives carried out three test purchases which were all evidentially recorded on film. These formed the evidence leading to the convictions. On 9th May 2017, the undercover operatives purchased fake Beats headphones at a cost of £35.00, that ordinarily retail for £180.00. On 12th May 2017, a further test purchase was made of Beats headphones for £25.00 and then on 16th May 2017, a further set of Beats headphones were purchased at a cost of £30.00. JAVED sold all the items claiming them to be genuine Beats products.


TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”JAVED was one of a number of shops in Camden that openly sell fake goods to the public. Camden is a very important market to London’s economy and frequented by many tourists. The criminal activity of traders such as JAVED seriously damages the economy and standing of London as the capital of the UK.


Unknowingly tourists and shoppers buy fake goods that are sold as genuine. The goods are fakes and are sub standard and in some cases dangerous. Purchasers are putting these headphones into their ears which have been produced in dirty and unclean factories abroad, risking disease and illness.


Despite enforcement activity by the local authorities by seizing fake goods the traders simply re stock and continue their trade in illicit goods. This is because of the vast criminal proceeds involved. TM Eye always seeks to prosecute and convict those involved in the criminal courts and will through the Proceeds of Crime Act seize and confiscate any criminal proceeds or assets.


JAVED now has a conviction recorded on the Police National Computer and will have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken. Should he re offend he will risk imprisonment.


TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate in over 350 private criminal prosecutions.


I would also like to thank Camden Police who have been outstanding in tackling these criminals. TM Eye work closely in partnership with the Police to bring consequences to the criminals involved”