An Essex-based Indian origin man has been sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment for the illegal sale of erectile dysfunction drugs following an investigation by Britain’s medicines regulator.
Sundeep Amin, 57, pleaded guilty to 21 counts of importing, possessing and supplying unlicensed medicines.
Illegal medicines worth nearly £900,000 were seized by officials of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). They were imported from India and destined for customers across the UK and Europe.
He also admitted possession of a large quantity of the controlled drug, Phenazepam and to laundering the proceeds of his crimes, official sources said.
Alastair Jeffrey, head of Enforcement at MHRA, said: “Mr Amin had no medical qualifications and was dealing in unlicensed medicines, which is a lethal combination and a serious risk to public health. His operation ran for several years”.
MHRA’s investigation found that Amin had several companies registered in his name and rented a number of storage facilities across Essex.
Several large quantities of erectile dysfunction drugs on route to these addresses were seized on arrival in the UK, including one haul worth £100,000 at Heathrow Airport.