TM Eye detectives have undertaken a further covert operation in India leading to the arrest and prosecution of a dealer in illicit and counterfeit medicines.
Working with the TM Eye India team, detectives from TM Eye’s Illicit Pharmaceutical Team based in the UK, travelled to the Indian City of Chennai and carried out surveillance on the suspect identifying premises where counterfeit illicit medicines and packaging were stored. An undercover operative carried out a series of covert test purchases from the suspect. Once evidence had been secured TM Eye detectives and the Indian police carried out a raid on the premises in the Poonamally area and arrested the suspect.
The suspect Salman Pasha was charged with offences under Section 51(B) and 65 of The Copyright Act 1957 (India) and remanded in custody.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”TM Eye are working globally to tackle the trade in illicit medicines. This is organised crime on a vast scale. The importance of our enforcement activities cannot be over stated. These fake drugs can lead to serious injury or death.
The most vulnerable, those who are seriously unwell, purchase these medicines in the brief they are genuine and will treat their illness. The reality is that the medicines being sold as genuine are dangerous or have no beneficial impact.”