Over 14,000 Unapproved COVID-19 Treatment Capsules Originated in China Seized by HSI

Baltimore–U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore special agents and Maryland law enforcement partners have seized over 14,000 unapproved COVID-19 treatment capsules and several unapproved COVID-19 test kits as part of ongoing Operation Stolen Promise investigations.

Operation Stolen Promise is a national operation aimed at combatting COVID-19 fraud and other related criminal activity. In April, HSI launched Operation Stolen Promise to prevent and investigate illegal criminal activity surrounding the pandemic, strengthen global supply-chain security and protect the American public.

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In one seizure, HSI Baltimore, U.S Customs and Border Protection and Maryland Natural Resources Police intercepted and seized a shipment that originated in China and contained unapproved COVID-19 test kits. In another case, HSI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service intercepted a package originating in Hong Kong and discovered nearly 500 unapproved COVID-19 treatment capsules.

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As of June 1, HSI special agents nationally have opened over 480 investigations nationwide; seized over $4.9 million dollars in illicit proceeds; made 20 arrests; executed 38 search warrants; analyzed over 36,000 COVID-19 domain names; and worked alongside U.S. Customs and Border Protection to seize 668 shipments of mislabeled, fraudulent, unauthorized or prohibited COVID-19 test kits, treatment kits, homeopathic remedies, purported anti-viral products and personal protective equipment (PPE).

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