Fake clonazepam gang busted in Europe

More than 9m counterfeit sedative tablets have been seized by Hungarian and Norwegian Police, following house searches on March 24-25.

The two leaders of the criminal network were arrested in Hungary, alongside three of their accomplices, as a result of house searches carried out on 24-25 March. The operation was supported by Europol and Eurojust.

The criminals were producing counterfeit clonazepam tablets in an underground laboratory. Some 250 kilos and 300 litres of various precursors were also discovered. Clonazepam is prescribed for a range of health issues, including panic disorders and seizures

The counterfeit pills produced by this criminal network were made to look identical to legitimate medication, and were sold across Europe, with Norway being one of the main destinations.

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