By Glen Keogh For The Daily Mail
Published: 23:33 GMT, 10 February 2019 | Updated: 12:22 GMT, 11 February 2019
At least 50 pharmacies in Britain are under investigation for helping funnel deadly prescription drugs to the black market.
Eighty-six people, including 14 pharmacists, have been arrested or interviewed under caution for illegally supplying dangerous drugs such as Xanax and Tramadol stolen from the regulated supply chain.
Senior business owners with a ‘controlling interest’ in multiple premises are among the pharmacists arrested. It has emerged the number of active investigations into the theft of medicine by professionals has soared by almost 70 per cent in a year.
At least 50 pharmacies in Britain are under investigation for helping funnel deadly prescription drugs to the black market
Government watchdog the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency [MHRA], whose intelligence helps police make arrests, has now triggered 32 cases, up from 19 in 2018. The number of arrests has doubled