By Damon Mitchell • 26 February 2020 • 15:53
TIMES OF CRISIS: Authorities and volunteers help isolate a nursing home in Spain.
POLICÍA Nacional, the Guardia Civil and the Tax Agency have arrested 47 people from 15 provinces, including Malaga, allegedly involved in an illegal drug trafficking network. The gang imported goods into Europe under the guise of food supplements or natural plants, but in reality, they were drugs for erectile dysfunction.
The detainees, all of Spanish nationality except a Portuguese citizen, from provinces such as Alicante, Almería, Granada, and Malaga among others are charged with alleged crimes against public health, belonging to a criminal organization, fraud, smuggling and money laundering.
The investigation began more than a year ago as a result of citizen collaboration through an anonymous complaint, from which different customs shipments from Malaysia that could contain active ingredients of medicines were falsely described.
After analysis, it was found that, in reality, they were potent drugs such as Tadalafil and Sildenafil, vasodilators for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.
Using these products without medical supervision can cause myocardial infarction, unstable angina, ventricular arrhythmia, palpitations, tachycardias, stroke and even sudden death.
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