South Carolina Warehouse

28 03 2013

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HIS) seized around $4 million USD worth of counterfeit items including pharmaceuticals in South Carolina! This was the result of an investigation that started the beginning of February. The bulk of the counterfeit medication seized was manufactured in India and sent to a warehouse in Columbia, SC.

Most of the medications were counterfeit erectile dysfunction pills (including Viagra, Cialis and Proscar). During this two-week operation they also seized more than $290,000 USD worth of counterfeit and pirated goods infringing on trademarked brands like Coach, Prada, Ray Ban, Golf Pride and TaylorMade. These goods were sent from China to the same warehouse in Columbia that were meant to be reshipped out to buyers.

Just be careful of where you purchase things! Especially your medications. Vincent Picard, a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement , warned that online purchases of medicines can be risky, especially if the offer comes unsolicited in an email.


Cost of Counterfeit

15 01 2013

I found this infograph from a LinkedIn group I am a part of. I tried to watch the CBC documentary on it, but it wasn’t working. It is an hour long, so if you can get it to work, I am sure it is awesome! Here’s the LINK. Below is a brief description. On the website, below the video, you can also take a quiz. I took it,  enjoyed it, and learned a lot! Beside the quiz is a “spot the counterfeit” test. Pretty cool stuff!

Counterfeit Culture is a one-hour documentary that explores the dangerous and sometimes deadly world of fake, fraudulent, and faux products. The imitation industry has a long history of peddled knock-off designer handbags, watches, and shoes but during the last 25 years, it has mushroomed into a global phenomenon. The traffic in counterfeit goods is now estimated at a staggering $700 billion representing nearly 10% of all global trade. Shot on location in Canada, the USA, Asia, and Europe, Counterfeit Culture challenges consumers to take a deeper look at what would appear to be harmless knock-offs at bargain prices.

Counterfeit Vodka

16 09 2012

This blog is mainly for the pharmaceutical industry, but I thought this is a great example of what can happen and how close to home it can actually get. I don’t drink alcohol, so it doesn’t go close to my home, but what other products could there be in my house with the potential to be counterfeit? The answer is… EVERYTHING!

Recently, authorities in the Czech Republic have temporarily banned the sale of hard liquor form kiosks due to the number of people dying after consuming counterfeit vodka. We are now at the death count of 18 human beings. Deaths that should not have occurred. There are at least 24 others that are affected from the counterfeits. The deaths are being attributed to methanol contamination of the counterfeit and bootleg liquor.

Some of the people are thinking they consumed counterfeit versions of the Vodka brand sold by Likerka Drak and others believe to have purchased bootleg liquor. Like people who purchase a bootleg DVD or Louis Vuitton purse. Likerka Drak has issued a statement saying those with the methanol are counterfeit and they have warned consumers of the differences between the real and fake bottles.

Facebook Helps Cops

14 11 2011

In Scotland, cash, drugs, and illegal goods have been seized after cops logged into the biggest social network known as Facebook in order to get the bad guys.

The police targeted Facebook advertising to link to the anonymous Crimestoppers reporting site. This was part of a huge campaign called “Made from Crime,” which launched on August 15 and people, for the first time, could send authorities tips. The article says that more than 280 police officers and staff were involved in the two days of action and had 25 addresses targeted and 44 people charged.

David Gordon, head of Lothian and Borders Police’s Serious Organized Crime Unit, said that “this campaign was deliberately designed to be ambitious and tenacious and target criminals who believed they could live lavish lifestyles from the proceeds of crime.”

This type of campaign could greatly help with counterfeit pharmaceuticals! This article doesn’t state that they found counterfeit drugs directly, but they found drugs, cash, and counterfeit goods. With counterfeit pharmaceuticals being such a big deal, this could easily aide in the reduction of counterfeit crime in the pharmaceutical industry.

Oregon Counterfeiters Busted

8 06 2011

This article does not have to deal with counterfeit pharmaceuticals, but it does deal with counterfeits and it just further proves the point that anyone of any age can be roped into this problem. Counterfeiting is all related. Property rights are damaged and lives can be damaged as well.

Six people were busted recently in Oregon for counterfeit money and drugs.

This started Thursday when two people; Seth Jokinen (30) and Shannon Smith (42) tried to pass off two fake $5 bills at a gas station. Prineville Police Chief Eric Bush told KBNW News, “I think the average person could discern them from a real $5 bill if they looked at them closely and paid close attention to them.”

This is an on going investigation and if anyone feels they have been given fake money, they are  encouraged to contact authorities.