A worldwide crackdown on fake or illicit medications destined for online sale has resulted in millions of pills and other medications being seized in over 100 countries.
138,000 of the pills, poppers and other meds were seized here in Canada as part of Operation Pangea. The medications claim to enhance sex drive, allow users to lose weight, or manage conditions such as diabetes or thyroid problems.
Project manager for Interpol Canada, Mark Mulligan, says a lot of people buy these items online because it's easy, anonymous, and they're cheaper than legitimate products. And he says, the products are risky, and potentially even fatal.
"It's dangerous, you don't know what you're getting," he says. "The products [available] online are not tested; they don't meet safety standards."
So far, no arrests have been made in Canada in connection with the operation. More than 200 arrests have been made elsewhere.