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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)

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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.
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