RCMP warns the pub­lic against buy­ing coun­ter­feit drugs on­line

The Compass - - CLASSIFIED -

The RCMP is warn­ing the pub­lic of a new type of In­ter­net crime emerg­ing over the last few years.

Sev­eral thou­sand web­sites are now sell­ing coun­ter­feit and unau­tho­rized drugs to Cana­di­ans.

Many web­sites pre­tend to be Cana­dian-based phar­ma­cies and trick the con­sumer into trust­ing their prod­ucts.

The vic­tims’ money is taken over the web in ex­change for fake phar- maceu­ti­cal drugs. In most cases, the con­sumer gets ripped off.

In­dus­try is grow­ing

The RCMP says the coun­ter­feit drug in­dus­try is grow­ing, with sales in the bil­lions of dol­lars and peo­ple in New­found­land and Labrador are vic­tims as much as the rest of the world.

The RCMP, in con­junc­tion with other fed­eral and world­wide en­force­ment agen­cies, have been suc­cess­ful in iden­ti­fy­ing and charg­ing some crim­i­nal el­e­ments, but there are still more break­ing the law.

Most coun­ter­feit pills seized by the RCMP are shipped through mail cen­tres or couri­ers in both small and large quan­ti­ties.

The RCMP ad­vises to only ob­tain pre­scrip­tions from a med­i­cal doc­tor and have them filled by a phar­ma­cist.



child labour and abuse and these sources of pills are not safe,” the RCMP warn in a news re­lease. “Why would you risk your life or the lives of those you love?”

Any­one aware of such a crime can contact their lo­cal po­lice de­tach­ment or CrimeStop­pers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS). Tips can also be sent by text at TIP190 or sent through a se­cure web­site to tips@www.nl­crimestop­pers.com.

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