• Sweden edition
 
Swedes snatched in global sex-pill sting
The confiscated impotence pills have effects similar to Viagra

Swedes snatched in global sex-pill sting

Published: 14 Oct 2010 14:25 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Oct 2010 14:25 GMT+02:00

Twelve Swedes have been arrested in a global sting targeting illicit trade in Viagra-like impotence medication.

Swedish police have hit six online pharmacies and confiscated more than 60,000 pills, Sweden’s TV4 news reports.

The primary products sold by the internet pharmacies are drugs designed to help men achieve and maintain erections.

The value of the confiscated goods is estimated to be around 4 million kronor ($600,000).

The operation was led by Interpol and the raids took place in 48 countries. In Sweden, police raided locations in Stockholm and Södertälje in eastern Sweden, and Kalmar in the south of the country.

The raids were carried out during the past week, according to Varg Gyllander, a spokesperson for the National Criminal Police (Rikskriminalpolisen).

However, Gyllander refused to confirm the number of suspects arrested in the raids.

“A handful of people have been arrested and we’ve also carried out a number of seizures. I can’t say exactly how many have been arrested right now. We’re in the process of tallying everything up,” he told the TT news agency.

According to Gyllander, several of those arrested remain detained and at least one will be remanded into custody.

“The crime they are suspected of is unauthorized trade in pharmaceuticals. For the most part it has to do with impotence medication,” he said.

The Interpol operation wrapped up on Wednesday, but the Swedish police continue their efforts to battle illegal online pharmacies.

“We haven’t seen the last arrest,” said Gyllander.

This is the second time Swedish police have participated in a coordinated international law enforcement operation again internet pharmacies.

The last operation, which took place in November 2009, resulted in the arrest of 22 people following a joint effort by law enforcement agencies in 26 countries.

Four men and one woman were arrested in Sweden on suspicions of having sold prescription diet and erectile dysfunction pills.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

15:25 October 14, 2010 by Swedesmith
Ah man, I thought that stuff was hair gel. Now I look just like Don King.
16:26 October 14, 2010 by gotyboy
Hahahaha....

Yeah I got one stuck in my throat and have had a stiff neck ever since. (sorry)
16:27 October 14, 2010 by conboy
Looks like the authorities have a firm grip on the matter.
17:13 October 14, 2010 by byke
I hope they get a stiff sentence.
17:33 October 14, 2010 by red.king
Hardened criminals the lot of them.....
18:47 October 14, 2010 by rrabbit
Great bb

riain wanted to make peace with the germans,but some Ashkenazis went to the Queen 's cabinet and offered to ask the americans to help them win against the Germans and in exchange GB will give them what is called today 'ISRAEL",this is the truth

why today you have 4 millions jews against what is called ISRAEL? why? iam sure some nice excuses are gonna pop up, the truth is there
18:53 October 14, 2010 by banuazizi
I hope they have hard, on their prison term
21:09 October 14, 2010 by Swedesmith
So I hear the British always talking about a stiff upper lip....any connection?
21:40 October 14, 2010 by ChrisEdmSkiBum
haha brilliant comments!

And I think they should have a report spam option on this website for people who post comments that absolutely NOTHING to do with the topic :D.

Anyways keep those hard puns pumping!
01:12 October 15, 2010 by paul56
Im glad most of you r up for a few laughs now and then, especially if your a bit down all the time!!
07:36 October 15, 2010 by ISayWhatPeopleThink
I'm excited to see the authorities rise to the occasion and didn't beat around the bush when it came to grabbing these guys, hopefully these dicks will be serving hard time.

Must be a hard pill to swallow for them, but that's what they get for yanking everyone around.
08:10 October 15, 2010 by Soft Boiled
And I thought they were upstanding members of the community!
09:36 October 15, 2010 by Prat
It is truly hard to coordinate law enforcement for a "global sting" in 48 countries.

One goofball can cock it up.
09:51 October 15, 2010 by Da Goat
they gotta be pretty hard up I reckon what with 60000 pills

yeah they will probably get hard time for this but then again the law is quite flaccid in Sweden, maybe now they will stiffen that up a little bit!
10:58 October 15, 2010 by Audrian
Parallel markets (illicite trade) arise when domestic price for the same or similar product is much higher the international market price. Such markets are difficult to break no matter how hard a country tries to prevent it.

One major side effect of illicit trade is to gives rise to the corruption of the policeforce, as the illigal traders seek to bribe or create profit sharing mechanism with the police!

An economically beneficial solution is to reduce the local market price and make the illicite trade unprofitable.
Today's headlines
Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden
Michael Boatwright (R) and Medieval knight re-enactors.

Florida 'mystery knight' dies in Sweden

The "motel mystery" American who baffled US authorities by only speaking Swedish when he woke up from a coma last year has passed away, Swedish media reported on Wednesday. READ () »

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king
Photo: Bertil Ericson/TT

Swedes open coffin of 850-year-old king

UPDATED: Scientists pried open the 850-year-old casket of King Erik the Holy on Wednesday, hoping to find out more about the king, his crown, and his eating habits. READ () »

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop
TeliaSonera CEO Johan Dennelind. File photo: TT

TeliaSonera announces first-quarter profit drop

Stockholm-listed telecom operator TeliaSonera on Wednesday said profits had fallen in the first quarter, but hoped offering customers more data solutions in the future would turn things around. READ () »

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'
Fredrik Reinfeldt. File photo: TT

'Imperfect EU better than revolting nationalism'

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday urged young voters to head to the European parliamentary polls on May 25th "to cure the European disease of nationalism". READ () »

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg at the first quarter press conference. Photo: TT

Ericsson quarterly profit defies sluggish sales

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Wednesday announced a drop in sales but posted a sharp rise in first-quarter profit, which nonetheless fell shy of analyst predictions. READ () »

Fatal Norrköping brawl
Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Four brothers held as cops fear brawl reprisals

Swedish police fear that several people involved in a brawl in eastern Sweden on Monday night may be seeking revenge after two brothers were shot dead. READ () »

Sponsored Article
Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden
The town of Västervik.

Beautiful pearls of southeast Sweden

Ask a Swede, and they are likely to say that their favourite holiday spot is in the southeast of Sweden. Eastern Småland and Öland offer a smörgåsbord of all the things dearest to the Swedes - from the beloved children's book author Astrid Lindgren to deep forests, long sandy beaches, perfect spots for that all-important 'fika', and a surprising amount of space, peace and quiet. READ () »

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth
Swedes enjoy hot dogs and cherry blossoms in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Weekend weather to bring summer warmth

The sun is set to stick around and temperatures could climb into the twenties over the weekend, Swedish meteorologists said on Wednesday READ () »

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

'Day-care rapist' admits molesting eight kids

A 21-year-old man confessed on Wednesday to sex crimes against eight children at a day care where he was working as an intern. READ () »

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles
An unrelated bodybuilder. File photo: Ann Törnkvist

Swedish cops nab man for having big muscles

Police in Sweden's south who hauled a muscular man in for steroid testing have had their knuckles rapped, after it was ruled that big biceps cannot be grounds for narcotics suspicions. READ () »

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
TT
Gallery
Inside the 850-year-old king's coffin
Features
Sponsored: South-eastern Sweden offers Öland beaches and more
Gallery
Swedish underwear shop puts staff in front of the camera
Gallery
IN PICTURES: The Local's Property of the Week - Täby
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - India Unlimited
Features
Sponsored: India+Sweden Week - A film, food, and finance feast
National
University applications rocket to record high
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 18-20
TT
Society
Kids in Victorian garb mark Swedish Easter
Shutterstock
National
Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe
Society
Swedish supermarket Ica pulls contested Easter commercial off air
Kungahuset
Society
Swedish royals set baptism date for princess
finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 16
Advertisement:
Politics
Who's the prime minister's heir?
Alfie Atkins
Society
Are children's books the key to families integrating in Sweden?
National
'Sweden Dem protests cater to party's martyr image'
National
'Swedish research grants were fantastic, but now it's like Australia'
Society
Only in Sweden: The ten problems you'd never encounter elsewhere
National
Swedes stopped to take my picture, but didn't look me in the eyes
Business & Money
A swipe of the hand replaced cash and cards in Lund
YouTube
Features
Video: Oliver Gee finds out how to embrace The Swedish Hug
TT
National
Abba duo hints at reunion
Private
National
Flash mobs hug it out across Sweden
Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching April 11-13
Stockholm School of Economics
Sponsored Article
Why a bachelor's degree is no longer enough
Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Blog Update: The Diplomatic Dispatch

28 October 15:16

The Green Growth Group Summit »

"Today on the 28 October in Brussels, a large group of key EU Ministers and business people, including UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey, and Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek, will meet to discuss green growth. They all have a stake in resolving a challenge which, although it is crucial..." READ »

719
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com