Archive for January 2011

International Fake Drug Ring Arrest Made by New Zealand Authorities

A three year investigation into the international distribution of fake drugs led to the arrest of a 32 year old Chinese man residing in Wellington, NZ suspected of marketing counterfeit medicine using the internet. Auckland Metro Crime and Operations Support, a New Zealand police agency, announced they arrested the unnamed man and remanded him on…

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Deadly Over-The-Counter Fake Drugs Distributed to Americans

View larger map On January 29, 2011, Shengyang Zhou, a Chinese national, and Qingming Hu, a naturalized US citizen, pled guilty to trafficking in over-the-counter weight-loss medications, including manufacture and distribution, in the United States, announced the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office (ICE), culminating a two year undercover investigation.  These pills were distributed to…

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Counterfeit Weight-loss Drug Smuggling leads to 2 Guilty Pleas and Serious Health Incident

View larger map Shengyang Zhou, aka “Tom,” 31, of Kunming, Yunnan, China pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking and attempting to traffic in counterfeit goods, namely counterfeit versions of the pharmaceutical weight-loss drug known as “Alli.” Naturalized American citizen, Qingming Hu, 61 of Plano, Texas, pleaded guilty Jan. 28 to distributing Sibutramine, a Schedule IV…

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Fake Drugs Closing Medical Clinics in Kurdistan

The Kurdistan Ministry of Health announced that they will ban medical clinics that sell “cheap and unregistered medicines,” reported Dr. Khalis Qadir Ahma, spokesman for the Ministry. In December 2010, the government confiscated counterfeit 20 products from several Kurdish companies based upon quality control testing. “We do not know where those counterfeits are coming from,…

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New Zealand Resident Arrested In International Counterfeit Drug Ring

View larger image A Chinese man living in New Zealand has been arrested following a three-year long police inquiry into the international distribution of counterfeit drugs. Who: Auckland Metro Crime and Operations Support (AMCOS) and various United States agencies, including the ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), Homeland Security Investigations and the Food and Drug Administration’s…

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