Sunday 1/16/22
CRIME

Police arrest suspects of selling diet pills adulterated with amphetamine

The drugs, advertised through social networks and distributed throughout Spain through parcel companies, contained sibutramine, a derivative of amphetamine that can cause serious health risks
Sibutramine, a derivative from Amphetamine, seized by the police in Salamanca. Photo: Policia Nacional.
Photo: Policia Nacional.

The Spanish police dismantled in the city of Salamanca (in the Castilla y Leon region) an organized group allegedly dedicated to the sale of diet pills adulterated with an amphetamine derivative.

According to police information, the drugs were advertised through a social media profile and contained sibutramine, a substance banned in Spain because it can cause very serious health risks.

During the police operation, some 9,000 pills and abundant related documentation have been seized. In addition, three bank accounts used by this criminal network have been blocked.

The investigation began when the police officers discovered a profile on social media where, allegedly, a huge amount of drugs were sold.

The investigators verified that one of the advertised products had a marketing ban alert in Spain issued by the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), since 2013, for containing a substance derived from amphetamine called sibutramine whose Consumption can cause serious health risks.

Packages ready to ship

The police say that "large numbers of people" received the products sold by this group.

The result of the operation was four arrests, three blocked bank accounts and approximately 300 cans of product seized (about 9,000 capsules).

48 packages already prepared to be shipped to different parts of Spain through two parcel companies were also seized.

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