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PHONY PILLS: Northwood man jailed for counterfeit drug production

 Published on: 4th October 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Northwood man is one of three to have been jailed for operating a £2million counterfeit drug supply operation on the dark web.

At Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday, September 7, Roshan Valentine, 39, of Hilliard Road, was given a seven-year prison sentence.

His father Allen Valentine, 63, of Harrow, was jailed for 11 years, and his childhood friend Krunal Patel, 40, of Harrow, was jailed for six years.

Together, the three men had been illicitly producing and selling benzodiazepines, Xanax, diazepam and Valium.

Following a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Met Police detectives investigated the situation in January 2022. They discovered the men regularly visited an Acton warehouse, from which they were running their operation.

Detective Constable Alex Hawkins said: “The three men ran a sophisticated, large-scale production of fake pharmaceutical drugs sold on the dark web that appeared to be genuine. Their operation was solely for the greed of those involved bearing no concern for the vulnerabilities of those purchasing these drugs.

“Some of the drugs contained completely different chemicals from those which should be in the genuine tablets; some of them are extremely dangerous.”

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