Wentworth duo busted with large quantity of medication
A WENTWORTH duo were arrested after they were found in possession of a large number of bottles of cough syrup at a flat on January 25.
The woman (67) and man (24) were both charged with breaching the Medicines and Related Substances Act. They appeared in Wentworth Court and were granted bail of R1 000 each on 26 January.
Captain Mbuso Gumede, the Wentworth police spokesperson, said the Metropolitan Police’s street crime unit, together with the Wentworth Vispol unit, were on operational duties when they had to execute a search warrant at the apartment in Wentworth.
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He said upon arrival the purpose of the search warrant was explained to the apartment occupants and the officers were given permission to enter.
“However, before entering the apartment, the officers saw the man holding a six-pack of Dequa-Coff cough syrup in his hands. During the search, bags full of cough syrup were found in the bedrooms. It included several six-pack bottles of Lenazine Forte, Dequa-Coff and Phenorant. The officers also found pieces of small plastic bundles with rubber bands, as well as small pieces of paper with people’s names and prices on them. A Multi-Currency Teller Machine and a large amount of cash, believed to have come from the sales of Xanax and the cough syrup, were also seized. The two were arrested and charged,” he said.
Colonel Sinayo Mtshali, the Wentworth Police Station Commander, said she commended the officers for their swift action and arrest. She also warned the community not to be in possession of large quantities of medication.
“No one is allowed to be in possession of such a large amount of medication, except those who are authorized and trained in that particular medical field, such as pharmacists and doctors with codes of practice.
“It is also important that the community works with the police and reports such behavior because it destroys the future of our youth. Drugs are dangerous and ruin people’s lives, as well as potentially leading to serious domestic violence,” she said.
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