Global operation disrupts thousands of illegal online pharmacies

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Authorities seized fake medicines worth US$36 million, but also shut down websites and removed rogue online advertisements
By Lucian Constantin Published: 17:08, 22 May 2014
Law enforcement agencies in 111 countries collaborated to disrupt thousands of online pharmacies in what Interpol claims was the largest ever global operation targeting organized criminal networks that sell fake medicines.
The operation, which was dubbed Pangea VII, resulted in 237 arrests worldwide and the seizure of almost US$36 million worth of illicit and potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals over the course of a week, Europol said Thursday. The operation took place May 13-20 and was coordinated by Interpol.
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