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Four tonnes of illegal medicine seized

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The haul of drugs included painkillers and vitamins from Thailand. Supplied

Anti-economic crime police from the Interior Ministry yesterday seized more than four tonnes of illegal medicine in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district.

Long Sreng, deputy director of the ministry’s anti-economic crime department, said the haul included 29 different drugs, including Oxycline, H-Mide injections, Ravitfor and Propoliz.

The crackdown was carried out alongside the Ministry of Health’s department of drugs and food and was coordinated by a deputy prosecutor at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Mr Sreng said the illegal medicines, which were imported from Thailand, had been impounded.

The 49-year-old owner, identified only as Sath, was taken for questioning.

“We are waiting for lab results to confirm whether the medicines contain active substances. If they are found to have no active ingredients or incorrect levels, they will be considered counterfeit medicine,” he said.

Khlaing Sameth, director of the Ministry of Health’s department of drugs and food, said that the confiscated medicine included 1,000 pills and vaccines.

“They include paracetamol, cold medicines, vitamin B1 and some vaccines,” he said.

If lab tests find the medicines are fake, those responsible for importing and distributing them could be imprisoned for between five and 10 years.

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