Polish authorities arrested 34 suspected members of an organized crime group that was smuggling and distributing pretend medical merchandise, the European Anti-Fraud Workplace (OLAF) reported on Wednesday.
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Officers additionally seized elements for the manufacturing of medicines, over two kilograms of marijuana and 200 liters of counterfeit spirit.
The investigation confirmed that from 2018 the community based mostly within the Poznań space had smuggled tens of tonnes of counterfeit medical merchandise of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms from Asia to Poland, by way of different EU international locations.
The suspects allegedly repacked the smuggled items and offered them on-line in Poland and throughout Europe, channeling the unlawful proceeds to the accounts owned by the group members to cover the origins of the cash.
OLAF acted as an intelligence hub to assist retrace the traffickers’ worldwide route and reached out to authorities in different EU international locations by means of which a lot of the pretend supplies traveled.
On the Poznań District Prosecutor’s Workplace, 27 individuals have been charged with organized crime, together with two accused of operating the group. Seven suspects have been charged with facilitating cash laundering.
“Connecting the dots is without doubt one of the roles of OLAF investigators, and I’m glad we may try this when colleagues in Poland knowledgeable us in regards to the case they’d ongoing,” Director-Common of OLAF, Ville Itälä, stated.
The Polish police and OLAF dismantled the prison community that offered harmful medical merchandise throughout Europe and “these actions safeguard residents’ well being in addition to shield legit companies,” he added. “They’re a well timed reminder that combating fraud additionally protects wider society. I look ahead to that work persevering with and reiterate that we at OLAF obtain our greatest outcomes once we work collaboratively and carefully with others.”