A clandestine laboratory for false hydroalcoholic gel mixed with brandy dismantled in A Coruña

The two detainees distributed mainly to health centers and hospitals

It was the patients who raised the alarm after detecting the strong smell of this distilled beverage

The clandestine laboratory was located in a poultry house in Boiro (A Coruña)

The Civil Guard has arrested two people in A Coruña for marketing a false hydroalcoholic gel that they mixed with brandy.

The product, which lacked disinfecting power, was purchased mainly by health centers and hospitals. The users of these places were the ones who raised the alarm with several complaints after detecting the strong smell of brandy.

The supposed disinfectant product only reached a percentage of 25% alcohol, instead of the 70% it should contain.

The investigation found that the distribution company lacked the appropriate authorizations from the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products to manufacture the product.

Due to the urgent need for the product, the detainees – who offered themselves as chemists with extensive experience – were able to easily place it avoiding any documentary and quality requirements.

The investigated had perfectly distributed their functions for the commission of this criminal act, one of them being in charge of the commercial part and the management with the companies that acquired the product and another focused on manufacturing and logistics.

In the registry in the poultry house where they set up the laboratory, located in Boiro (A Coruña), the Civil Guard has found 400 liters of the false hydroalcoholic gel already packaged.

In addition, the Civil Guard has managed to seize 6,400 liters of the product already distributed in hospitals and medical centers throughout the Spanish geography.

The proceedings are in the Investigating Court number 2 of Ribeira.

The Quimigel operation has been led by the Territorial Team of the Judicial Police of Noia, belonging to the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of A Coruña, in collaboration with the Spanish Medicines Agency and personnel from the Health Department of the Xunta de Galicia.

For more information, you can contact the OPC of the Civil Guard in A Coruña, on the phone 981 167 813.

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