Selling unlicensed and counterfeit drugs lands Tooting man with 3 year prison sentence
17th June 2016
counterfeit drugsMedical Specialists® Pharmacy cannot stress this enough; crime does not pay. Maybe it will pay initially, in the form of illegal gains made from unsuspecting customers, but criminals will inevitably always get caught and stopped dead in their tracks. This has been proved truer than ever this week with reports that a man from Tooting has been heavily sentenced after being found guilty of importing and selling unlicensed erectile dysfunction medicines, hair loss medicines, and money laundering. The 47-year-old man was handed a sentence of 3 years in prison for money laundering offences, in addition to 12 months for selling unlicensed medicines, with the 2 sentences to be served concurrently. The man had previously admitted his guilt relating to offences under medicines, trade mark and money laundering legislation at Southwark Crown Court on 13th May. After Investigators from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) conducted an investigation into the man  - known as ‘Paul K’ – they found clear evidence that ‘K’ had laundered more than £114,000. ‘K’ was found to be the main culprit in a massive conspiracy to receive and supply unlicensed medicines and spread the illegal funds from this endeavour around the UK. MHRA officials had successfully seized dangerous unlicensed and counterfeit drugs in 2011 and 2012, which resulted in a painstaking operation to trace ‘K’ and the group he was leading. MHRA’s Head of Enforcement, Alastair Jeffery said: “This case shows how organised criminal networks use sophisticated methods to import and supply counterfeit medicines from overseas. The group conducted an international operation to make money from unregulated products, and laundered over a hundred thousand pounds in the process. We have tirelessly tracked and monitored the group, demonstrating our determination to prevent them from recklessly endangering the safety of others. Unlicensed products are a serious safety risk to the public, and you should not let criminal enterprises play the lottery with your health. Visit your GP if you need treatment, and obtain prescription and pharmacy medicines from a legitimate high street store or online pharmacy.