A news release from Europol on 11 May advised that it had supported the Italian Carabinieri and the Spanish National Police in dismantling an organised crime group involved in the online sale of illegal food supplements containing active medical ingredients. In 2019, NAS Carabinieri detected some food supplements, allegedly made of natural ingredients, which actually contained the pharmaceutical ingredients sildenafil and tadalafil. The product, recommended for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, was sold on a well-known e-commerce platform. The Spanish investigation followed the supply chain and identified that the company was registered in the UK, while the main perpetrators were operating from Spain. Officers carried out 12 house searches in Spain and Italy and blocked 17 websites. The final results of the operational activities include 8 arrests (in Spain), the seizures of 32,500 packages of food supplements (both in Spain and Italy) and the freezing of 21 bank accounts containing a total of €3.5 million.
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