>Police have busted what is thought to be the largest international medicine trafficking ring, seizing 700,000 doses of anabolic steroids, growth hormones and other unlawful medicines, and arresting 26 people, inlcuding the manager of a cycling club.
Amongst the drugs kidnapped in the 19 separate property searches carried out today were hundreds of thousands of well-known brands of tablets for erectile dysfunction, greater than 10,000 ampoules of growth hormones, anabolic steroids and other doping substances, with a street value of some 3.5 million euros.
The trafficking ring, with outlets in Alicante, Málaga and Madrid, used suppliers in China, India and Turkey, with intermediaries and storage facilities in the UK, Germany and Hungary so as not to arouse suspicion.
The police operation also found out a laboratory in a lock-up in Elche (Aicante), where a growth hormone bought in bulk from China was manufactured and packaged to be sold on the internet.
One of those arrested is the manager of a cycling club in the Comunidad de Madrid, who was caught allegedly taking delivery of a substantial quantity of EPO, a glycoprotein hormone that controls erythropoiesis, or red blood cell production.
The operation began back in July last year when police picked up on a company in the Comunidad Valenciana that was importing and selling huge consignments of unlawful medicines and transferring large sums of money to Chinese banks.