CA Home and Business Raid

3 07 2016

sohel-parvez-haque-shutterstock-comOfficials from US Homeland Security Investigations have seized a plethora of boxes of counterfeit drugs and clothing in California.

Last Tuesday during the execution of seven search warrants in the Sacramento area, which was carried out by more than 50 special agents follows a months’ long probe into the suspected sale of illegal foreign prescription medications, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, and counterfeit clothing by an area couple and their adult son. Inside their home and places of business (Fashion Moda in North Highlands, Victoria’s Health Products in Citrus Heights, and Elena’s Health Products in West Sacramento), investigators found and confiscated foreign pharmaceuticals, clothing, and more than $10,000 in cash.

“The trafficking of counterfeit goods poses a triple threat,” said Ryan Spradlin, the special agent in charge who oversees HSI operations throughout northern California. “Such activities deliver shoddy and often dangerous goods into the economy, rob Americans of good-paying jobs, and generate proceeds that are often funneled back into other criminal enterprises. HSI will continue to work with its enforcement partners to combat the distribution of counterfeit products, like those seized in Sacramento yesterday, that could put unwitting consumers at risk.”



Police Stop Woman on Street Selling Counterfeits

7 12 2015

150515_2020_2_1014_16x9_992I was looking at counterfeit drug videos today and found one from ABC news posted this past summer about a women on the street allegedly selling counterfeit prescription drugs in LA.

Please click HERE to watch the short video.

She says she wasn’t selling any and then they even ask her if she is worried about her customers taking these and she flat out says, “no” while shaking her head. He continued to ask her, “are you worried about the medicine?” She was then silent. Investigators say she’s likely part of something much larger. They believe foreign counterfeiters are supplying her. Then the reporter asks, “how much money do you make in a week?” She said about $800 or $600 a week. The policeman then says that it’s a lie. To which he says, she easily makes $1,000 in a week.

People are saying they are having reactions to the drugs she gave them and they think it’s safe because it has the company’s info on it and the woman is older – they trust her. So they believe it’s from that company and it’s safe. You need to be careful with what you buy and where you buy it from! Be smart.

Here is a transcript from the video clip if you’d like to read it, I copied it from ABC…

Transcript for To Catch a Fake: Find Out the Dangers of Counterfeit Merchandise
Next tonight our yearlong investigation more than a trillion dollar industry counterfeit goods you might not know even half we certainly did. We’ve got access to the secret warehouses all over this country just like the one you see here behind me seizing counterfeit goods prescriptions that can easily end up in your medicine cabinet. Tonight a first look here one family and the air bags in their car they had no idea it was counterfeit. Tonight investigators will reveal too was to counterfeit goods in every corner of our home. What to look for in your Smartphone the bike helmets to toothpaste with antifreeze. And the make up what’s really inside and this suburban family stunned by their air bag and our test. Tied it with a Larson’s for full from California and Bob this is my way examined the Larson’s reaching out to lust. Standing in front of their used car they bought it knowing they needed to replace the air bag. But what they didn’t know was at the air bag they bought online. Was from this guy thing the man who owned this home and Indian trail North Carolina. Who tonight is behind bars the man accused of selling fake car parts look at what investigators say they found in Igor boarding home. More than 15100 fake airbags. 60000 dollars in cash hidden in the walls. Authorities say he sold one point seven million dollars were on eBay calling himself airbag pros labeled a top rated seller. We felt later the guy who had told us some drivers. But air bags had social bum bags we offered a total lotions car to an authorized dealer to have their airbag replaced with a authorized Honda replacement. And we were about to testy airbags they’ve been riding around with first set off a real airbags. And now these air bag that was in the Larson’s car to war and and Sean Armstrong shrapnel news had a fist full plastic. We have a piece of the airbag cover over here. Probably about forty feet from the actual explosion on the air. Do you imagine this being in the driver’s. Face of a car. That’s just one moment in this hour tonight the investigation breaks just hours from now in tonight to see what we found in the make up. The bike helmets the Smartphones and those storefronts that all say Canada drug so many Americans looking for cheaper medication. But did any of it come from Canada. And what was really inside the medicine when it arrived our special 20/20 to catch a fake that’s tonight at 10 PM eastern I’ll see right here a little later.

Counterfeits Destroyed in Osun

27 02 2015

Burning counterfeits (photo credit from

Yesterday, NAFDAC (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control) reported they destroyed fake drugs worth N10 million (49370 USD) in Osun State located in the western part of the country in 2014.

“NAFDAC wants to ensure that drugs that will be made available to Nigerians won’t be injurious to their health. We are trying to implement our mandate,” stated NAFDAC State Coordinator, Mr Kayode Fagboyo.

Bar Owner Sentenced to Prison

17 02 2015

In West Palm Beach, FL,  the owner (Frank Fiore) of Havana Nights Cigar Bar and Lounge was sentenced to prison a couple weeks ago. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra sentenced him to two years and eight months in prison for conspiring to traffic counterfeit drugs and illegally distributing steroids.

Cocaine, Xanax, Viagra, Cialis, Deca Durabolin, testosterone propionate and testosterone ethanate were some of the drugs linked to the cigar bar, undercover federal agents working on the Biogenesis doping investigation reported. The money was on the counterfeits.

Read original article HERE.

Russian Bill Toughening Criminal Liability

2 12 2014

Picture from Securing Industry article by Phil Taylor

A bill introduced to the State Duma, which is in theRussian Federation is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (legislature), the upper house being the Federation Council of Russia, is asking for toughening criminal liability for the production, manufacture, storage, transportation and sale of counterfeit drugs and medical devices.

The author of the initiative is Senator Anton Belyakov. It would increase the maximum jail term for individuals convicted of manufacturing, distributing or selling counterfeit drugs to a maximum of 10 years if use of the fakes results in the two or more fatalities. The fine that can be levied on those convicted would also be increased from 100,000 roubles (1841.66 USD) to 300,000 roubles (5524.99 USD) at the moment to between 500,000 and 1m roubles ($22,000).

According to the World Health Organization, the share of counterfeit drugs in Russia accounts to 12% of the total number of drugs. According to experts, the market for counterfeits in Russia is about 20 billion rubles.

According to the law drafter Russian legislation is not stringent enough towards counterfeit drugs producers and sellers. For example, counterfeit drug producers in Russia are accountable according to the article 238 of the Criminal Code that subjects to prosecution production, storage, transportation and dispose of goods inadequate to the security requirements. “This means that a counterfeit medicine destined to maintain health but in fact being immediately dangerous to life is equated to any other product produced with violation of technological process, for instance”, the senator explained. “Counterfeit producers can get away with a fine of 100 thousand rubles”, he added.

At the same time the accompanying documents to the bill show that in the USA trafficking of counterfeit drugs is punishable by a fine up to $200 million or life imprisonment, in Turkey by imprisonment from 30 to 50 years, in India by imprisonment for life, in Europe, the penalty for selling counterfeit drugs exceeds 300 thousand euros and a term of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

To solve this problem, the bill proposes to amend the article 238.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, toughening criminal liability for the production, manufacture, storage, transportation and sale of counterfeit drugs and medical devices.

Please click HERE (TASS: Russian News Agency) and HERE (Securing Industry) for more information. I did copy and past some of their articles into this one.

Three Pleading Guilty

14 11 2014

I found an article titled “Three Facing Prison for Trafficking in Fake Drugs and Steroids” by Paula McMahon as I was searching for some interesting articles dealing with counterfeits.

Xanax pill (picture found on

Court records show that three men in Florida are pleading guilty to conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit drugs.

Frank Fiore, of Parkland was the latest to reach a plea agreement. He was arrested with Gary Lee Jones, 55, of Boca Raton, and Anthony Carbone, 32, of Deerfield Beach in August this year.

Fiore pleaded guilty to the trafficking in counterfeit drugs conspiracy charge and a second charge of distribution of controlled substances that included counterfeit anti-anxiety drugs and steroids.

Jones pleaded guilty to the trafficking charge,admitting he sold thousands of counterfeit Xanax pills, with an estimated value of between $10,000 and $30,000, to undercover agents. He is also the same man who has a connection to the investigation that led to disgraced baseball celebrity Alex Rodriguez’s year-long suspension from the game.

Carbone pleaded guilty to the counterfeit drugs trafficking conspiracy and also admitted distributing controlled substances that included counterfeit Xanax and steroids.

Overdose on Fake OxyContin in Saskatoon

24 09 2014

I cannot believe it has been since May that I have posted! I apologize. I was busy finishing my EMT certification, which I finished and I am now certified! My husband was finishing up weapons qualifications and carrier qualifications so he can finish pilot training for the Navy. He will be winging next month! So as I was searching for some news with counterfeits, there doesn’t really seem to be much “new” news. I did find an interesting one dealing with overdoses.

In a city in Canada named Saskatoon potentially police are saying that a deadly synthetic drug being sold as OxyContin 80 is making its rounds in the city. Two men, in their 20s, have died in what appears to be because of taking these pills. They died a day a part. “Instead of OxyContin, the pills may contain other unknown deadly ingredients,” police said in a statement on the case. They also believe that the pills were not manufactured in the city, but where they came from is still unknown.

The pills were described as round convex in shape, blue/green in color with the number 80 stamped on one side and the letters CDN on the other. Genuine OxyContin is the brand name of a powerful pain killer known as Oxycodone. It is an opioid, a synthetic preparation, that can lead to abuse and addiction.

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