The region of West Africa is emerging as a hot spot for black market goods, according to the United Nations.
Certain activities include:
* One quarter of all cocaine entering Europe comes through West Africa.
* 80 percent of the cigarette market in the region is made up of illegal, contraband cigarettes.
* 50 to 60 percent of all medications in the region are counterfeit drugs.
A pharmaceutical company in Jordan reported to the European Union that counterfeit drugs makes up to 10 percent of all medicine sales within the country.
According to a survey released by the European Trade Commission, the pharmaceutical industry losses between 15 to 20 percent of sales in Lebanon due to counterfeit drugs.
More than 2 million people are estimated to buy their medicines over the Internet in the United Kingdom, where many of the drugs are either counterfeit or substandard.
Interpol is stating that up to 4 percent of all spam email messages sent out is related to swine flu. Most of the offers are believed to be counterfeit drugs. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 50 percent of drugs sold by online pharmacies without a physical location are counterfeit.
Counterfeit drugs could make up to 90 percent of all medicines and drugs sold on the Internet, according to Viagra maker Pfizer.
8 million counterfeit drugs entered the medicine supply in the United Kingdom in 2008.
31 percent of counterfeit drugs seized in the European Union came from India.
Estimated deaths from counterfeit drugs vary from tens of thousands to more than 200,000.
Research conducted by the WHO found that 25 percent of all medicines and drugs in least developed countries are counterfeit.