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“Man jailed for receiving £1.1 million worth of stolen prescription medicines

Former pharmacist, Hafiz Noorullah, today received a 4 year prison sentence and order to pay £15,000 costs at Southwark Crown Court for receiving £1.1 million worth of medicines which had been stolen in a trailer heist.

Noorullah, 45, from Huddersfield, was convicted of receiving stolen goods and for his role in the storage of the stolen medicines.

The truckload of medicines, intended to treat breast cancer, Parkinson’s disease and high blood pressure, was stolen in March 2005 in Thatcham, Berkshire.

The trailer had been parked overnight on its journey from Switzerland where the medicines had been manufactured by the pharmaceutical company, Novartis, and was en route to Sussex where the drugs would be packaged for sale.

The identity of the thief was never discovered and the trailer never found, however, the medicines were later advertised for sale on the internet.

A joint investigation by Novartis and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) led to the arrest of Noorullah in November 2007 following a raid of his business premises during which the stolen medicines were recovered.

MHRA Head of Operations, Danny Lee-Frost, said: “These medicines were stolen in bulk before they were ready for the pharmaceutical market.

“Noorullah and the people who stole these medicines gave no thought to the needs of the patients that these medicines were intended for.

“This was an attempt to make a huge profit at the expense of patients and the legitimate pharmaceutical industry.”


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