Here's a link to Walt Bogdanich's story in today's Gray Lady:
To whet your appetite, here's how it begins ...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates â€” Along a seemingly endless row of identical gray warehouses, a lone guard stands watch over a shuttered storage area with a peeling green and yellow sign: Euro Gulf Trading.
Three months ago, when the authorities announced that they had seized a large cache of counterfeit drugs from Euro Gulfâ€™s warehouse deep inside a sprawling free trade zone here, they gave no hint of the raidâ€™s global significance.
But an examination of the case reveals its link to a complex supply chain of fake drugs that ran from China through Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates, Britain and the Bahamas, ultimately leading to an Internet pharmacy whose American customers believed they were buying medicine from Canada, according to interviews with regulators and drug company investigators in six countries.
The seizure highlights how counterfeit drugs move in a global economy, and why they are so difficult to trace. And it underscores the role played by free trade zones â€” areas specially designated by a growing number of countries to encourage trade, where tariffs are waived and there is minimal regulatory oversight.
And yet some members of Congress want to decrease regulatory oversight of counterfeiting. Go figure.