LYONS, France, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Police have arrested more than 80 people and seized 10 tons of counterfeit drugs in six East African countries, Interpol announced Thursday.
Operation Mamba III involved police, customs officials and regulatory agencies in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar, the international police agency said. The Singaporean Health Science Authority provided technical expertise and forensic lab work.
"Operation Mamba III demonstrates that by working together collectively, countries can take concrete action on the ground to curb a crime that is still low-risk and high-profit for the criminals involved while representing a very real danger to the general public," said Aline Plancon, head of the Medical Products Counterfeiting and Pharmaceutical Crime unit.
The investigation, named after one of the deadliest African snakes, was the third in three years targeting the sale of fake drugs in the region.
A meeting is scheduled for next week in Zanzibar to review the operation and consider future steps.