Illegal slimming pills worth £50,000 seized in dawn raid at Bolton house

Illegal slimming pills worth £50,000 seized in dawn raid at Bolton house

Some of the drugs seized in the raid

The website the illegal medicines were being sold through

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

ILLEGAL slimming pills worth thousands of pounds have been seized from a children’s wardrobe at a house in Bolton.

Officers from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) carried out a dawn raid at a semi-detached house near Bolton town centre and the Scholey Street police station on May 15.

They discovered 26,000 imported Lida DaidDaiHua pills which carry a street value of £50,000.

The tablets were found in a semi-detached house in a cul-de-sac close to Bolton town centre and the police station in Scholey Street.

Most were taken from a child’s warbrobe in a bedroom in the house, but some were seized from a nearby lock-up garage.

The pills were being sold on a website called Zenj Slimming, which described itself as “your complete guide to a healthy lifestyle” and has since been shut down.

A batch of 10 boxes of the tablets was being sold for £125, with the site also selling breast enlargement cream.

As well as the tablets, which were in blister packs, agency officers also found packaging ready to be used to distribute the drugs to customers.

Despite claiming to be “100 per cent herbal”, the tablets contained a drug callled Sibutramine, a former prescripted drug removed from the market in Britain in 2010 because of fears it increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The drug was a popular slimming tool as it alters chemical messages sent to the brain which control food cravings.

A man in his 30s was questioned on suspicion of unlicensed medicines offences.

Danny Lee-Frost, MHRA head of operations, said: “We seized approximately 26,000 tablets of a slimming product that claims to be 100 per cent herbal, which in reality contains the ingredient Sibutramine.

"Anyone taking these pills would think from the packaging that they are a safe and natural product, but anyone with a heart problem could be at risk of a heart attack or a stroke and they just wouldn’t know.

"The people selling these medicines do not care about your health, only about their bank balance.

"To be safe visit your GP, get a correct diagnosis and buy medicines from a legitimate high street or registered online pharmacy.”

The Bolton raid was one in the 7th national Operation Pangea, which saw £8.6 million of unlicensed or counterfeit medicines seized acorss the UK between May 11 and May 21.

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3:38pm Thu 22 May 14

Jim271 says...

Why is the paper not naming the street?

Is it because its in an area occupied by a certain community perhaps?
Why is the paper not naming the street? Is it because its in an area occupied by a certain community perhaps? Jim271
  • Score: 51

4:07pm Thu 22 May 14

Replytohatersandscum says...

Jim271 wrote:
Why is the paper not naming the street? Is it because its in an area occupied by a certain community perhaps?
you are king of the scums
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Why is the paper not naming the street? Is it because its in an area occupied by a certain community perhaps?[/p][/quote]you are king of the scums Replytohatersandscum
  • Score: -20

4:47pm Thu 22 May 14

Jackael says...

Replytohatersandscum wrote:
Jim271 wrote:
Why is the paper not naming the street? Is it because its in an area occupied by a certain community perhaps?
you are king of the scums
And you'll never achieve scumness in fact scummy people sneer at you from afar, a word would have to be invented to describe you , that's how low you are !!!
[quote][p][bold]Replytohatersandscum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Why is the paper not naming the street? Is it because its in an area occupied by a certain community perhaps?[/p][/quote]you are king of the scums[/p][/quote]And you'll never achieve scumness in fact scummy people sneer at you from afar, a word would have to be invented to describe you , that's how low you are !!! Jackael
  • Score: 12

4:58pm Thu 22 May 14

Jim271 says...

I hope the pills were HALAL.
I hope the pills were HALAL. Jim271
  • Score: 52

6:36pm Thu 22 May 14

boltonnut says...

Jim 271,if you where the king you would have lots of loyal subjects,there are a lot people out there who agree with you.You have the "nads" to say it like it is.
Jim 271,if you where the king you would have lots of loyal subjects,there are a lot people out there who agree with you.You have the "nads" to say it like it is. boltonnut
  • Score: 11

7:40pm Thu 22 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Prohibition strikes again.

Diet pills though? WTF?

Those BigPharma corporations just love paying into the 'Law Fund'.
Prohibition strikes again. Diet pills though? WTF? Those BigPharma corporations just love paying into the 'Law Fund'. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 6

8:21pm Thu 22 May 14

geezer01 says...

Jim271-you sound like a very bitter envious creature... Get yourself a job Jimbob!!
Jim271-you sound like a very bitter envious creature... Get yourself a job Jimbob!! geezer01
  • Score: -7

8:28pm Thu 22 May 14

geezer01 says...

Jim271 wrote:
I hope the pills were HALAL.
Bet little bitter man Jimbob still loves his dirty donner kebab & cheap nasty curries though,hypocrites!! You are a very bitter creature aren't you,LOL.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: I hope the pills were HALAL.[/p][/quote]Bet little bitter man Jimbob still loves his dirty donner kebab & cheap nasty curries though,hypocrites!! You are a very bitter creature aren't you,LOL. geezer01
  • Score: -13

10:57pm Thu 22 May 14

united99 says...

Jimmy £2.71 next time il drop a pill in your curry and in your pint may be that will keep your big fat racist gob shut once and for all you moron........
Jimmy £2.71 next time il drop a pill in your curry and in your pint may be that will keep your big fat racist gob shut once and for all you moron........ united99
  • Score: -11

11:47pm Thu 22 May 14

Randolf Litler !!! says...

Never mind slimming pills i have some amazing advice for slimming down that works every time! All you have to do is follow this simple rule:
Don't eat curries :-0
Never mind slimming pills i have some amazing advice for slimming down that works every time! All you have to do is follow this simple rule: Don't eat curries :-0 Randolf Litler !!!
  • Score: 4

6:38am Fri 23 May 14

Jackael says...

united99 wrote:
Jimmy £2.71 next time il drop a pill in your curry and in your pint may be that will keep your big fat racist gob shut once and for all you moron........
That's not nice ! calling people FAT !!
[quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: Jimmy £2.71 next time il drop a pill in your curry and in your pint may be that will keep your big fat racist gob shut once and for all you moron........[/p][/quote]That's not nice ! calling people FAT !! Jackael
  • Score: 6

8:23am Fri 23 May 14

janewk says...

Well done to the police for taking dangerous drugs off the open market
Well done to the police for taking dangerous drugs off the open market janewk
  • Score: 3

8:38am Fri 23 May 14

adatherton says...

How can the raid be at the police station
How can the raid be at the police station adatherton
  • Score: 2

9:30am Fri 23 May 14

catsden says...

adatherton I suggest you pay a visit to Spec Savers, it actually reads between a CUL DE SAC AND SCHOLEY STREET POLICE STATION not at the station
adatherton I suggest you pay a visit to Spec Savers, it actually reads between a CUL DE SAC AND SCHOLEY STREET POLICE STATION not at the station catsden
  • Score: 4

11:46am Fri 23 May 14

655321 says...

catsden wrote:
adatherton I suggest you pay a visit to Spec Savers, it actually reads between a CUL DE SAC AND SCHOLEY STREET POLICE STATION not at the station
Errr, no it doesn't, it reads:

'The tablets were found in a semi-detached house in a cul-de-sac close to Bolton town centre and the police station in Scholey Street.'

Totally ambiguous statement that could read both ways. The above statement is missing a comma after the word 'house'.
[quote][p][bold]catsden[/bold] wrote: adatherton I suggest you pay a visit to Spec Savers, it actually reads between a CUL DE SAC AND SCHOLEY STREET POLICE STATION not at the station[/p][/quote]Errr, no it doesn't, it reads: 'The tablets were found in a semi-detached house in a cul-de-sac close to Bolton town centre and the police station in Scholey Street.' Totally ambiguous statement that could read both ways. The above statement is missing a comma after the word 'house'. 655321
  • Score: 1

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