Consumer Protection Police Division arrest restricted medicine and cosmetics smugglers

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BANGKOK, 12 June 2013 The Consumer Protection Police Division (CPPD) has apprehended smugglers of restricted cosmetics and medicines, seizing more than 10 million baht worth of illegal items. 

The products, comprising such cosmetics as Botox, supplement tablets, and materials & machine used in cosmetics production, are items prohibited to be imported, produced or sold in the kingdom by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).

Police confiscated the illegal goods from Wealthy and Growth Company Limited, located in Lat Phrao District, as well as from the company’s warehouse in Beung Kum District.

According to the CPPD Chief, Police Major General Nipon Chareonpol, investigation is underway to determine what ingredients the confiscated medicine or cosmetics contain and where the products were distributed to.

The alleged importer, Pipat Tamatrat, claimed that his practice is legal, saying that he had been importing the goods for more than 5 years, bringing quality products from such countries as France, South Korea and Germany.

Initially the police charged Mr. Pipat with selling medicine without license, selling unregistered medicine, and selling medicine and cosmetics with misleading labels.