Sales of illegal drugs have increased sharply in the EU



Sales of illegal drugs have increased sharply in the EU

Ursula von der Leyen spoke about the fight against the sale of illegal drugs in the EU


As part of a global special operation involving Europol, 4.4 million units of medical devices of illegal origin were seized over the past few weeks.





In the European Union, sales of illegal drugs and medical supplies via the Internet have increased sharply in connection with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This was stated in a video message by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday, March 24.

“According to EU agencies, the number of cybercrimes has increased. An impressive number of fake medicines, disinfection sprays, and “miracle medicines” are sold online. We are working with member governments to counter this and protect our citizens,” von der Leyen said.



According to her data, as part of a global special operation involving Europol, 4.4 million units of medical devices of illegal origin were seized in the past few weeks, 37 organized criminal groups were exposed, and 121 people were arrested. As part of the special operation, 2,500 links to websites and social networks were blocked.






Earlier, Ursula von der Leyen acknowledged the inability to stop the coronavirus but called for everything to be done to slow its spread.





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