Fake viagra

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Law & Disorder

Fake and unlicensed Viagra worth around £13 million was seized by UK Border Agency officers last year.

IlieMore than 8.5 million tablets were intercepted before they could enter the black market for pharmaceutical drugs.

Fake or counterfeit versions of the drug, often made in laboratories in the Far East, can contain harmful ingredients and are unlikely to have the desired effect. Genuine but unlicensed tablets, often imported from India, contain the active ingredient but have not been through the rigorous tests needed to market medicines in the UK and EU.

The highest number of fake and unlicensed erectile dysfunction tablets was discovered by UK Border Agency officers in freight deliveries at Heathrow Airport where around 6 million doses were seized.

Around the country:

2.1 million were found in parcels at Coventry international postal hub;

250,000 at Mount Pleasant postal hub in London;

116,000 at Birmingham Airport; and

50,000 at Stansted Airport, a single seizure in October 2010

From fake viagra to fake marriages

Two people have been jailed today for plotting to stage a sham marriage in Luton.

Both Pakistani national Bilal Bashir, 23, of Connaught Road, and Slovakian woman Bozena Horvatova, 24, of no fixed address, were each jailed for 12 months when they appeared at Luton Crown Court.

Bashir, who had stayed illegally in the UK after his visa expired, had hoped his marriage to an EU national would aid his bid to gain long-term residency in the UK with the associated rights to work and claim benefits.

Ian Williams, from the UK Border Agency’s immigration crime team, said:

‘Horvatova and Bashir are no one’s idea of a loving couple. ‘You would expect the bride and groom in a genuine marriage to know each other inside out, but not only could they not agree on when and where they first met, they also failed to give accurate information on where the other lived. ‘Bashir could not even pronounce his fiancee’s name correctly.’

Officers from the UK Border Agency’s immigration crime team swooped on the George Street West register office on November 2 just before Bashir and Horvatova were due to marry.

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