Story By: Lisa-Maria Goertz, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
Spanish police have dismantled a drug gang made up of British OAPs who dealt in dodgy unlicensed viagra pills from India.
According to local media, dozens of boxes of illegal medicines for erectile dysfunction were found under the kitchen sink in the home of a 72-year-old retired British man in the coastal resort of Marbella, in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia.
The man who is believed to be the leader of the ring has been identified simply as Bernard, who lives with his 65-year-old wife and reportedly has a criminal record for similar offences after he was arrested in 2012.
According to police sources, the gang are believed to have been operating since 2012 but have since then modernised and only sell their pills online instead of on the street.
The operation to detain the gang was named ‘Alfil’ (Bishop) and carried out by the Central Cybercrime Unit in Spain.
According to local media, the crime ring is made up of various British nations in their 60s and 70s and one United States native.
The gang reportedly were rivals of a similar ring in nearby Levante, which was dismantled by police during another operation named ‘Jelly’.
According to a police report, both gangs received their merchandise from India, where they had not passed through pharmaceutical controls and were not authorised to be sold in Spain.
According to an official statement, some of these medicines were found not to contain the principal-agent they said they did, whilst others had it in an unrecommended quantity. None of the pills are authorised for sale in Spain and the confiscated medicine has been sent to the Spanish Medicine Agency for further analysis.
During the two operations, 33 people were detained and 17 more registered and 70,000 pills confiscated.
In both rings, police say that the members laundered the money by taking it out of Spain and buying luxury items such as jewellery and investing in crypto money.
Another similarity, according to media reports, was that both gangs had a legal looking para-pharmaceutical web page which promised a miracle cure to improve the sex lives of its customers, with many security measures which made it difficult to identify the sellers.
In an interview with CEN, local police said for now they could only confirm the involvement of one British national and the United States nation.
The arrested OAP Bernard has been detained and charged with crimes against public health and is awaiting trial.