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
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
Operation Pangea took place between March 3 and 10, 2020, the authorities dismantled 37 organized crime groups attempting to illegally sell counterfeit surgical masks,
Police seized nearly 34 000 counterfeit surgical masks and identified more than 2 000 links to products related to COVID-19.
Law enforcement officers inspected 326,000 packages and seized 48,000, 4.4 million illegal drug packets and medications.
The above list also includes a range of counterfeit self-testing kits for HIV and glucose monitoring.
The operation is still ongoing.
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