Following the succesful arrest and raid on 9th October 2018 in Mysore, India the team from TM Eye’s Illicit Pharmaceutical Team travelled to Kanakpura arriving on the 10th October 2018.
A suspect who had previously been arrested and prosecuted by TM Eye in July 2018, known as ‘Shivanna’ (Operation 3052) had been kept under observation, since his release, by detectives from TM Eye India. Having been bailed in relation to the first prosecution he had continued to sell fake medicines having moved location. He was now operating from an area called Kanakpura on the outskirts of Bangalore near Tumkur.
A series of test purchases of counterfeit medicines for the treatment of breast cancer and epilepsy had been carried out from Shivanna throughout September and October 2018. This culminated in a final test purchase on 10th October 2018 by an undercover operative from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by detectives from TM Eye India and local police. Shivanna was arrested in the act of selling further fake medicines.
Premises were then searched and a vast amount of counterfeit medicines, pills, plastic bottles and high quality printed labels were recovered. In total 25,624 fake labels for lifesaving medicines were seized together with 6,945 placebo pills and 3,335 bottles. The fake medicines if sold to seriously ill patients desperate for a cure or the management of their condition, would have paid significant sums for these counterfeit ‘cutting edge’ medicines. They would have had no affect on their illness.
SHIVANNA was arrested, charged and is in Custody.
Detectives from TM Eye’s Illicit Pharmaceutical Team have returned to the UK after carrying out a series of very successful raids in India culminating in arrests and prosecutions.
The team working with detectives from TM Eye India carried out their first raid on 9th October 2018, following the arrest of Salman Pasha in Mysore, India. Pasha had sold a TM Eye undercover operative from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit a large quantity of counterfeit medicines, fake labels, pills and bottles. Indian police working with TM Eye immediately moved in and arrested Pasha. Surveillance by TM Eye India had identified premises controlled by him for his criminal enterprise and he was taken directly to the premises where further illicit medicines were recovered. In total over 30,000 pills and associated plastic medicine bottles and labels were recovered.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”This was another very important operation by TM Eye’s Illicit Pharmaceutical Team tackling the global sale and supply of fake medicines. Our team based in India had been working on this suspect for over 3 months, carrying out surveillance and gathering intelligence and evidence. On 9th October 2018 the UK Illicit Pharmaceutical Team flew into Mysore and arranged to purchase counterfeit medicines from Pasha. He arrived in a car and whilst discussions were taking place about price Indian police moved in and arrested Pasha. Fake pills, medicine bottles and labels were found in the car. The pills are believed to be paracetamol style tablets. They fake labeling was for cancer, heart and mental health medicines.
The police and TM Eye then went to previously identified premises controlled by Pasha and found further fake medicines and associated items. A second man known as Vereesh was arrested at these premises.
The arrest and and prosecution of these two men and the seizure of this large haul of counterfeit medicines will hopefully prevent serious illness or deaths
Both men have since been charged and remain in custody.