NATIONAL POLICE officers in Spain have smashed a huge sex supplement drugs operation seizing more than 400,000 doses of products that have been described as a ‘high risk to the health of consumers’.
Intervenidas casi 400.000 dosis de productos nutricionales adulterados con un elevado riesgo para la salud de los consumidores. Han sido detenidas 18 personas en #Tenerife, #LasPalmas, #Elche y #Granada.
— Policía Nacional (@policia) March 18, 2019
Police and tax authority officials raided properties in the Canary Islands and on the mainland and intercepted pacakages destined for customers in France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.
It is claimed those arrested were in charge of the acquisition, storage and distribution of the products as well as sales via a ‘sophisticated’ online platform.
The illegal products, sold under different brand names, came from China and were distributed by postal parcel from a logistics centre in Elche with the gang’s nerve centre in Tenerife.
Authorities said the supplements contained undeclared combinations of active ingredients such as sildenafil and tadalafine and posed a “high risk to the health of consumers due to possible adverse effects that could be generated in people with various conditions.”
The investigation began after officials became aware of the illegal drugs on a website that were being marketed as food supplements for the treatment for erectile dysfunction.
In the raids agents detained a total of 18 people in Tenerife (11), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (1), Granada (1) and Alicante (5) and conducted 19 property searches.
Almost 400,000 pills containing ‘harmful medicinal substances for health’, €50,000 in cash, 27 mobile phones and 22 laptop computers were recovered.