Hundreds of arrests in global crackdown on illegal medicines trade

Interpol on Tuesday said authorities worldwide arrested 227 people in a crackdown on illegal online trade with medical supplies.

According to the statement, medical supplies worth more than 23 million dollars were seized during the operation.

Interpol Chief Juergen Stock said, “As the pandemic forced more people to move their lives online, criminals were quick to target these new customers.”

Authorities of 92 states took part in the operation Pangea XIV, closing or removing a record 113,000 web links including websites and online marketplaces.

The first operation of this kind happened in 2008.

Criminals are cashing in on the pandemic, Interpol said.

Fake or not authorized coronavirus tests made up more than half of the seized medical supplies.

In Italy, investigators discovered half a million counterfeit surgical masks.

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