Global fake sex pills racket busted in New Zealand

Indo Asian News Service

Wellington, Jan 27 (IANS) New Zealand authorities have busted an international ring dealing in counterfeit sexual stimulants, heart medications, pain killers, and other medications, believed to be sourced from China.

A New Zealand resident of Chinese origin linked to this international counterfeit pharmaceutical ring has been presented in the Wellington district court in this regard.

According to detective inspector Stu Allsopp-Smith, the investigation has been carried out in relation with staff from various US agencies, including the US Homeland Security Investigations, and the US Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations.

'Counterfeit pharmaceuticals include those used as sexual stimulants, heart medications, pain killers and other medications which Police believe have been sourced from China and distributed internationally via the internet,' the Dominion Post reported Allsopp-Smith as saying.

'The investigation has uncovered a strong link between the New Zealand resident and the international supply of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. The arrest also highlights the strength of international cooperation and how this can be used to combat transnational crime.'

Detectives from Auckland Metro Crime and Operations Support arrested the 32-year-old New Zealand resident Wednesday as part of a three-year inquiry into the counterfeit ring.

Allsopp-Smith said the supply of counterfeit pharmaceuticals was a concern because there is no guarantee of quality controls.

Testing has shown that many counterfeit drugs have no medical benefits and may pose health risks.

'This inquiry highlights the need to ensure that medications are obtained from legitimate and proper pharmaceutical sources and in consultation with medical professionals.'

The Chinese origin New Zealand resident was released on bail until next month, pending a further hearing to consider a request for his extradition to the United States.