The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) assisted the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in seizing P30 million worth of counterfeit medicines such as Biogesic, Neozep, Bioflu, Immunpro, Ivermectin, Phenokinon F Injection, Medicol, Planax, Alaxan FR, MX3 and others in Parañaque City on 05 January 2022.
The goods were packed in cartons with tags of Chinese characters. They were found in two storages at 7434B and 7434C Highland Street, Marcelo Green Village and 27 Pearl Street, Severina Subdivision, Km 18, Barangay Marcelo – both in Parañaque City.
The law enforcement team arrested the suspect, 31-year-old Adel Rajput, a Pakistani national residing in Caloocan City.
According to the BOC, Rajput was brought to the Paranaque City Prosecutors' Office for an inquest and will face various cases for violation of Sec. 1401 (Unlawful Importation/Exportation), Sec. 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) paragraph (l) (5) in relation to Sec. 118 (Prohibited Importation and Exportation) paragraph (e) of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), and the violation of Republic Act No. 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and its Pertinent Rules and Regulations). Moreover, his visa will be under a revocation process by the Bureau of Immigration.
The goods were immediately hauled to the BOC premises. Inspection and inventory are still ongoing.