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Operation Pangea: Europol dismantles criminal gangs selling coronavirus medicine, surgical masks

2020-03-23 13:30

Operation Pangea is the name of a joint international operation lead by the Interpol that seized €13 million in counterfeit drugs for care

The Coronavirus outbreak is sustaining an unprecedented demand in hygiene products, surgical masks, and drugs that could care the COVID infection.

The Europol announced the result of an international operation, dubbed Operation Pangea, has brought together police from over 90 countries in a bid to stem a rising flood of criminal enterprises relating to COVID-19. 

The Europan agency has seized €13 million in drugs that were illegally offered for sale to users concerned about the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Operation Pangea was the result of the collaboration of police from over 90 countries.

“Europol has supported a global operation to target trafficking counterfeit medicines. Operation Pangea, coordinated by INTERPOL and involved 90 countries worldwide, took place between 3 and 10 March 2020.” reads the press release published by the Europol. “The results of the operation reveal a worrying increase in unauthorised antiviral medications and the antimalarial chloroquine. Vitamin C, known for its immune-boosting properties, and other food supplements have been seized around the world. Painkillers and antibiotics also represented a significant portion of the seizures.”

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