Cologne / Wiesbaden - In the course of an international operation against online trade in illegal or counterfeit drugs, customs in Germany withdrew large number of suspicious letters and parcels from circulation. During week of action under the code name “Pangea V”, 68,000 tablets and capsules alone were confiscated, as the (ZKA) and the (BKA) announced today in Cologne and Wiesbaden. In addition, the customs also collected sexual enhancers, contraceptives and slimming pills as well as classic pain relievers and antidepressants.
According to the international police organization Interpol, the authorities in 100 countries involved in the action confiscated 3.75 million counterfeit tablets with total value of around eight million euros. During the week-long campaign, 79 suspects were arrested and 18,000 websites selling counterfeit drugs were closed.
The "Pangea" control operation initiated by Interpol and the World Customs Organization took place for the fifth time this year Instead, drugs with market value as high as this year have never been seized. Medicines sold illegally on the Internet pose an uncontrollable health risk, the investigators warned. Consumers also run the risk of infecting their computer with malware on the internet provider of illegal pharmaceuticals and leaving their personal or payment data to criminals for improper use.
Lifestyle drugs on the advance According to the information, the police in Germany investigated 284 cases from January to September of this year against mostly internationally organized drug providers, those not approved via the Internet in Germany, as well as health concerns distribute questionable drugs. The illegal dealers offer wide range of drugs, especially performance-enhancing and muscle-building drugs as well as lifestyle drugs such as hair restorers and appetite suppressants.
BKA President Jörg Ziercke stated that the security authorities need to "counter the international criminal structures and thus the cross-border drug trade through consistent cooperation with foreign partners".
ZKA President Norbert Drude called it “frightening to what extent unscrupulousness of the seller meets carelessness of the buyer”. "The protection of consumers from illegal and dangerous drugs and the fight against unscrupulous criminals has become one of the central tasks of customs investigations."