- Six Indian nationals have been arrested at OR Tambo Worldwide Airport for making an attempt to smuggle medication – together with ivermectin – into South Africa.
- They had been individually arrested on completely different days and are anticipated again within the Kempton Justice of the Peace’s Court docket for a proper bail software.
- The six had been caught on account of an “built-in multi-disciplinary regulation enforcement technique”.
Six Indian nationals have been arrested for trying to smuggle unregistered medication – together with ivermectin – value R6 million into South Africa.
The suspects, two ladies and 4 males, had been arrested in three completely different stings at OR Tambo Worldwide Airport.
They had been arrested on account of an “built-in multi-disciplinary regulation enforcement technique”, together with the police, SARS and the South African Well being Merchandise Regulatory Authority Regulation Enforcement Unit (SAHPRA).
Police spokesperson Colonel Athlenda Mathe stated, over the previous two weeks, this had led to the arrests and the confiscation of unregistered medicines value R6 million.
The medicines, that are primarily in a pill kind, are believed to have been smuggled in to the nation to be bought on the black market.
They’d all appeared in Kempton Park Justice of the Peace’s Court docket, “dealing with costs referring to the contravention of the Medicines and associated Substances Act 101 of 1965”, Mathe stated.
“Within the newest arrests, three folks had been arrested on 28 January. Of the three, two are ladies and one is male. The primary feminine suspect was discovered to be in possession of 178 200 tablets, whereas the second feminine suspect was discovered to be in possession of 66 400 tablets. The male suspect was present in possession of 49 200 tablets. All unregistered medicines are value R5 million.
“All three suspects appeared earlier than the Kempton Park Justice of the Peace’s Court docket on Friday. Their case has been postponed to 1 February for a proper bail software,” stated Mathe.
In one other incident on the airport on Wednesday, the staff pounced on a person who was discovered to be in possession of extra 24 000 ivermectin tablets with a market worth of R720 000.
The person is at present out on bail.
The opposite arrest occurred on 26 January, when two males had been present in possession of a wide range of unregistered medicines.
“On this case, the primary male suspect was discovered to be in possession of 18 085 ivermectin tablets value a market worth of R552 550. The second man was discovered to be in possession of Diclofenac sodium tablets, Chlorpheniramine maleate tablets, and Amoxycilin tablets value a market worth of R25 000,” Mentioned Mathe.
Each males had been arrested and appeared within the Kempton Park Justice of the Peace’s Court docket the place their case was additionally postponed to 1 of February for a proper bail software.
Mathe stated the accused had been charged with being in possession of unregistered medicines with out authorisation and importing medicines and not using a licence from SAHPRA.
Based on Part 22(c) of the Medicines Act, anybody who needs to import medicines into the nation will need to have written authorisation from SAHPRA, he stated.