Ukrainian Authorities Bust Steroid Counterfeiters
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) officials at the Shcherbakivka border crossing point with Russia recently seized counterfeit drugs and detained the man attempting to smuggle them into Russia.
Investigation showed that the man belonged to a group of counterfeiters who produced and smuggled fake injectable drugs and pills bearing the trademarks of well-known manufacturers of anabolic steroids.
While searching group members’ places of residence, SBU officials seized a considerable amount of counterfeit ampoules, pills, containers, labels, raw materials and equipment for the production of counterfeit drugs. The seized drugs are estimated to be worth approximately EUR 31,500 (USD 37,500). The counterfeiters ordered chemicals for drug production from an East Asian country and received the shipments by post.
The group consisted of several locals from the Kharkiv region in eastern Ukraine, including a former law enforcement officer and a current local court official. Four group members have been arrested so far.
Prepared by: Yulia Kropivka
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Source: The Security Service of Ukraine
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