Durban: huge haul of illegal viagra seized

2010-07-06 00:00

TWO units of the Durban Harbour police under the Ports Security Services uncovered a consignment of counterfeit goods and contraband Viagra yesterday morning.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the anti-smuggling and narcotic units were tipped off about goods being brought into the country illegally.

The suspect containers were taken to the isolated Point multi-purpose terminal where fake Nike and Adidas shoes with a street value of R4 million were recovered.

Fake movie DVDs worth R2 million, “Chicago” cigarettes worth R6 million and Viagra worth R2 million were also recovered from the containers.

“We don’t know the country of origin of all the consignment, but the investigation will lead us to that and the would-be recipient.

“Police have been successful in cracking the criminal networks and we will continue doing so as we are striving for a better society, free from activities like this,” said Mdunge.

The Viagra is original, but was confiscated because it was concealed behind petrol generators and no one had come forward with papers claiming ownership.

“People know that there are areas of compliance where they will have to pay shipping fees. Once you conceal your goods you are committing a crime.”

No one has been arrested and police are investigating.

Last month, the SA Revenue Services confiscated a consignment of fake soccer shirts worth R10 million in Johannesburg. It included Bafana Bafana, England, Brazil and Argentina soccer jerseys.

They were confiscated after the owner of the consignment reportedly failed to produce documentation verifying their legal importation.

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