More than 3,300 rapid COVID-19 tests were seized that were to be used for illegal sale

Two men and one woman have been investigated for a crime against public health

The tests were to be put on sale in various locations in the province of Valencia

The Civil Guard within the framework of the CHERPI operation, has proceeded to the investigation of 3 people, 2 men and a woman between the ages of 39 and 47, for a crime against public health by intervening more than 3,300 rapid test units of COVID-19 that were going to be put up for sale illegally in several locations in the province of Valencia.

The investigation began after learning through a Pharmaceutical company that rapid COVID-19 tests were being carried out without authorization in a hardware store in the town of Pobla de Vallbona and in a Bazaar in Manises.
For this reason, the agents of this carried out an inspection in said establishment, verifying that in the back room there was a bag with a COVID-19 test box along with different utensils for its use. Likewise, it was observed that some of the tests had been used previously.
For all this, the Civil Guard proceeded to apprehend said objects and subsequently investigate the person responsible for the establishment for an alleged crime against public health. From the investigations carried out, it was found that this person had a contact and several companies that offered him the purchase of the rapid tests.
With the documentation provided by the first investigated and the steps taken by the agents, several inspections have been carried out in establishments / companies, located in the towns of Polba de Vallbona, Paterna, Catarroja, Torrente, Manises and Valencia, together with Technicians / Health Inspectors, apprehending more than 3,300 rapid COVID-19 test units of various brands.
From these inspections it was detected that the companies located in the towns of Catarroja and Paterna are the ones that supplied the Bazar de Manises and the Polba de Vallbona Hardware Store that sold them fraudulently.
The operation has been carried out by the Civil Guard Research Area of ​​Pobla de Vallbona (Valencia).
The investigated and seized effects were made available to the Deanery of the Courts of Lliria (Valencia).

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