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Seven arrested and drugs seized after Southall immigration raid
23 April 2013
Seven people have been arrested and thousands of suspected unlicensed viagra pills have been seized after our immigration enforcement officers raided a residential property in Southall.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited the address on Lady Margaret Road at around 6:00 on Thursday 18 April 2013, where they carried out immigration checks on those there.
Five Indian men aged between 25 and 43 were arrested for overstaying their visas. Four of the 5 were detained pending their removal from the UK, while one was granted immigration bail while steps are taken to remove him.
A 37-year-old Egyptian man was arrested for entering the UK illegally. He too was detained pending his removal.
Another 37-year-old Egyptian man Hany Mohamed Moustafa El Kady was arrested on suspicion of obtaining leave to remain by deception and possession of a false ID document. He was later charged and appeared before Ealing Magistrates on Friday 19 April. He pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 6 months in prison.
During their search of the premises officers uncovered hundreds of thousands of what are believed to be unlicensed viagra and weight loss tablets. It is thought they had a potential value of around £500,000.
These have now been referred to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulation Authority (MHRA) for further investigation.
Rolls of suspected counterfeit labels for branded whisky and vodka bottles were also discovered, alongside a number of bottles of alcohol. These have been referred to HMRC for checks.
Assistant director Sarah Burton, head of west London immigration enforcement team, said:
'It was an excellent piece of work by all officers involved. Not only did they detain a number of people who were in the UK illegally, but they've also potentially prevented a significant quantity of black-market pills making it onto our streets.
'This was the latest in a series of operations targeting illegal immigration in West London, and for those who are in living and working here illegally there is no hiding place.'
For more information and contact details for our immigration enforcement teams in the south east visit: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/your-region/london-se/local-immigration-teams/
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit the Crimestoppers website.