Man arrested in East London doorstep drugs’ fraud probe

A MAN has been arrested in East London on suspicion of drugs fraud asking householders to leave unwanted medicines outside their homes for collection. The 51-year-old is suspected of distributing 300 leaflets asking for unwanted drugs

By Mike Brooke

A MAN has been arrested in East London on suspicion of drugs fraud asking householders to leave unwanted medicines outside their homes for collection.

The 51-year-old is suspected of distributing 300 leaflets asking for unwanted drugs. The leaflets were distributed with plastic bags for the drugs to be put in and left on the doorstep.

Police searched an address in Ilford and seized over-the-counter and prescription medicines, Scotland Yard confirmed last night.

It is thought a number of people had left unwanted medicines outside their front-doors believing they were being sent to people in Third World countries.


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Det Chief Ins Andy Carter said: "We advise those receiving such leaflets to dispose of unwanted medicines by taking them to a pharmacy."

The arrest follows a two-month investigation with detectives working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the General Medical Council. The man was taken to an East London police station and has been bailed to return on the May 28.

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