Detectives from TM Eye’s Illicit Tobacco Team and TM Eye India supported by local police have raided premises in Mumbai, India. A prolific criminal printer, Dharmesh Patel, who supplies global criminal counterfeiting gangs with fake packaging, labels and ancillary products was arrested at the premises. A large amount of counterfeit medicine labels, packaging for Apple products, Epsom print cartridges and other goods were recovered together with the original plates for producing vast numbers of these products.
The raid is the culmination of a year long TM Eye investigation and a series of covert deployments to identify the principal who was known to be manufacturing huge numbers of fake medicine labels, stickers and packaging. Other members of the gang had been arrested, charged and are currently being prosecuted by TM Eye India.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”This is a fantastic result. This printer had remained elusive despite a significant long term surveillance operation. Detectives from TM Eye India working with local police had a significant break several months ago and we were able to deploy undercover operatives from our Dedicated Undercover Unit. The sophisticated operation was remotely managed from the UK by our Illicit Phrmaceutical Team. Having identified premises through a major surveillance deployment the team flew out and with our local detectives supported by police raided the premises.
A large number of lithographic printing plates together with the printing facilities and printer were recovered. The criminal printer was arrested and remains in police custody. He will be charged and prosecuted. The printer and all material will be seized and an application made to the court for its destruction. This will cause serious damage to the global counterfeiting gangs who use the fake packaging for their illicit goods.
Those who manufacture and sell counterfeit ‘life saving’ medicines put peoples lives at real risk. These medicines are sold online as genuine. The fake packaging is an essential part of the manufacturing and supply process.
TM Eye operates globally and will track down and prosecute those criminals who operate in numerous jurisdictions damaging our clients brands.”