The officers of the Central Investigation Bureau of the Police and the National Revenue Administration broke up a group that produced illegal drugs for potency. They detained four people and seized over 800,000 tablets worth about PLN 32 million
A spokeswoman for the Central Police Investigation Bureau, Iwona Jurkiewicz, said that the case of a group involved in the illegal production of potency drugs was worked on by police officers from the Białystok CBŚP together with officers from the Podlaskie KAS, as well as representatives of the Main Pharmaceutical Inspectorate.
“The attack on the gang was carried out in three provinces: Mazowieckie, Zachodniopomorskie and Śląskie” – said the policewoman.
– The officers detained four people: three Poles and a Vietnamese citizen. 20 facilities, including warehouses, were also searched, securing over 800,000 tablets with an estimated value of PLN 32 million, she explained. – During the action, machines for packaging tablets and empty packaging ready for filling were also taken over – she added.
They have been involved in illegal production for years
Spokeswoman for the Head of the National Revenue Administration, young asp. Justyna Pasieczyńska informed that according to the findings of the investigation, members of the criminal group had probably been involved in the illegal production of drugs for potency for several years.
– They used a pharmacologically active substance – sildenafil, which was smuggled in wholesale quantities from China – reported junior asp. Justyna Pasieczynska.
– The tablets were distributed as herbal dietary supplements, under characteristic names indicating their action. They were placed on the market via internet portals, stationary stores and petrol stations, the spokeswoman for the head of KAS said.
Arrests for suspects
Those arrested in this case were brought to the District Prosecutor’s Office in Siedlce. “The prosecutor presented charges of directing and participating in an organized criminal group, the purpose of which was to manufacture a counterfeit medicinal product and distribute it in the form of mail order without the required license to run a pharmacy or pharmacy, and thus to introduce pharmaceuticals harmful to health that created a threat to the health and life of many people,” the District Prosecutor’s Office in Siedlce said. “In addition to the above, the use of untruthful invoices issued by three companies based in the Czech Republic was additionally alleged” – emphasized the Siedlce prosecutor’s office.
At the prosecutor’s request, four suspects were temporarily arrested. They could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
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