Pharmacies closed down for theft of public property

Six pharmacies that operated near the state-run Arzobispo Loayza hospital were raided in a surprise operation that ended in the permanent closure of three of them. One operated secretly as it lacked official authorization, while the other two were licensed pharmacies located next door to each other.

Large quantities of controlled medicines were found, bearing Health Ministry labels. It is thought that they were stolen from the nearby hospital, and that some of the packaging was then doctored. One of the pharmacies closed had also been shut down last year after a similar operation, and had sinceĀ been carrying on the same illegal business under a different name.

The other three pharmacies were sanctioned for lesser offences with fines starting at over US$100,000.The medicines that were seized in the operation will now be examined by Public Ministry experts to find evidence for use in criminal proceedings.

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