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Federal and state agents seize fake pharmaceuticals

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 JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Counterfeit and illegal prescription drugs were seized at Hispanic-oriented convenience stores all across the state Thursday.  It was a joint operation with more than 100 federal, state and local agents working to rid Mississippi of illegal and fake pharmaceuticals believed to have been smuggled across the border.

Acting on 27 search warrants across the state, federal and state agents recovered about 30 different types of counterfeit drugs and pharmaceuticals not approved for sale in the U.S.

"None of these locations have state licenses to dispense pharmaceuticals of any kind.  They're not pharmacies.  So most of these drugs, pharmaceuticals here require a prescription or they are injectable of they're not for sale here," Mississippi Homeland Security Assistant Special Agent In Charge Roland Jones.

One person was arrested and others were detained.  Although the names of the stores were not given, Attorney General Jim Hood said some of them were found in Jackson, Canton, Richland and Pearl.

"This stuff is dangerous.  Most of it has been smuggled in.  We don't know if someone is shooting steroids or anti-biotics or painkillers or whatever they are selling in there.  None of these are prescription drugs.  You just go on in there and buy it over the counter," said Attorney General Hood.

Nearly a year ago the Attorney General launched the nation's first statewide anti-counterfitting task force "Operation Knock Out Knock-Offs."

Funded by a federal grant, it is aimed at protecting consumers by fighting pirated media and fake goods.

"Any others dabbling around in other intellectual property issues better look out because we're coming," said Hood.

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