2012-12-26 19:28:21 UTC
2 mln counterfeit drugs seized in 2012
ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
December 25 2012
Picture: Some 1,576,101 of the 1,873,592 counterfeit drugs captured in
2012, which are worth 5.6 million Turkish Liras in total, are
aphrodisiacs. AA photo
Two million counterfeit drugs were seized in 300 counterfeit drug
operations in Turkey this year, according to data announced yesterday
by Turkey’s Police Department.
Legal proceedings were initiated against a total of 534 people in 295
incidents related to drug trafficking in Turkey this year, the
department said in a letter recently sent to the Health Ministry’s
Drug and Medical Device Institution on the “Pangea V Operation,” an
operation conducted against counterfeit drugs sold online.
Some 1,576,101 of these 1,873,592 counterfeit drugs, which cost 5.6
million Turkish Liras in total, are aphrodisiacs, while the number of
weight-loss medications seized was 200,903, the police said.
The letter also said work to form an information repository on the
drugs was ongoing and that they might seek technical assistance in
tracking operations with regards to the research and examination of
websites and payment details.
The Pangea V Operation, which was organized by 100 countries and led
by Interpol, resulted in the blocking of 275 websites selling
counterfeit and illegal drugs – 247 of which were determined to be
selling illegal aphrodisiacs, according to the Drug and Medical Device
Institution. The institution’s chairman, Saim Kerman, said people
should not buy aphrodisiacs or weight-loss drugs over the Internet,
adding that such drugs could even bring deadly results.
“In our country, drugs are sold only in pharmacies. Selling drugs on
the Internet is forbidden. As the ministry, we are fighting against
the websites involved in the illegal drugs trade. The public should
also show awareness on the subject and not buy drugs on the Internet,”