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.”