A global operation, Pangea targets the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines and medical devices. Participating agencies carry out coordinated operational activities against illegal websites during the same week in order to identify the criminal networks behind the trafficking.
The main aims are to remove illicit pharmaceutical products from circulation and raise awareness of the risks associated with buying medicines from unregulated websites.
Operation Pangea XIII (conducted in March 2020) saw a rise in fake medical products related to the outbreak of the COVID-19 disease. Participating authorities seized counterfeit facemasks, substandard hand sanitizers and unauthorized antiviral medication.
Seizures: 4.4 million units
Value: USD 14 million
Websites taken offline: More than 2,500
Operation Rainfall disrupts the trafficking in pharmaceuticals and medical devices in Asia.
Seven countries took part in the operation in 2018: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Vietnam.
Seizures: 295,000 units
Estimated value: USD 122,400
Suspects identified: 15
Qanoon is a multi-year initiative targeting illicit medicines and medical products in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The initiative collects and shares information in order to identify transnational issues, support investigations and dismantle criminal networks.
It also works to create a pool of experts (police services, health, customs agencies, judiciary and the private sector) to support sustainable cooperation and actions.
The countries participating in the initiative are Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates.
Seizures: 1.4 million units
Estimated value: USD 1.5 million
Suspects identified: 39
Heera is a regional initiative that targets the trafficking of pharmaceutical products in West Africa.
The countries involved are Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.
Seizures: 95,800 units
Estimated value: USD 3.8 million
Suspects identified: 41