Focusing on the sale of illicit medical devices, devices worth an estimated USD 500,000 were recovered. Another hot topic this year was the illicit trade with opioid painkillers, in particular, the drug “Fentanyl”. The drug has been linked to thousands of overdoses and deaths worldwide.
What has been achieved through PANGEA X so far?
Those numbers are really alarming. “The fact that we still see such strong outcomes after 10 years of Pangea operations demonstrates how the online sale of illicit medicines is an ongoing, and ever increasing, challenge for law enforcement and regulatory authorities,” says Tim Morris, Interpol’s Executive Director of Police Services.
In addition to disrupting the criminal networks involved in the sale of illicit and counterfeit medicines, Operation Pangea X also aimed to raise public awareness of the potential dangers associated with buying pharmaceuticals online. An increasing consumer demand worldwide for all types of drugs makes this goal at least equally important.
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