Fake drug siege: Interpol finds 300kg of counterfeit meds in West Africa

By Flora Southey contact

- Last updated on GMT

Interpol has seized more than 300kg of counterfeit pharmaceutical products in West Africa’s Cote d’Ivoire, and uncovered a packaging site for fake medicines.

The Interpol-coordinated operation uncovered the drug products at the Abidjan airport, in an effort to strengthen border controls in West Africa.

The eight-day operation also led to the discovery of a house being used as a warehouse and packaging site for fake medicines, where six people were arrested.

According to Interpol’s report​, officers at the Noe land border, between Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, also took control of 1.6kg of counterfeit medicines.

“The operation shows the range of activities in which organised crime is involved,” ​said Interpol’s Harold O’Connell in a statement.  

In August, Interpol reported​ it had seized 420 tonnes of fake medicines in West African countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo. 

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