A/R: Police, FDA clamp down on drug peddlers

    /    Jul 7, 2017   /     Health, NewsBreak  /    Comments are closed  /    656 Views

A joint team from the Ashanti regional Police Drug Law Enforcement Unit and the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) have picked up two persons who have been importing and selling prohibited and unregistered drugs.

The two, Margaret Mensah alias Akua, 25 and Samira Abdul-Kadir, 30 were arrested at French-line near Alabar in Kumasi.

According to FDA officials, quantities of assorted drugs were found to be unregistered when an inspection was carried out at their shops.

An inspection at their shops the FDA officials revealed quantity of assorted drugs which were found to be unregistered. Some drugs found in their shops were Tramadol 224miligram, “Ibuglo” plus, “Davegra 150”, “Vargra Extra150”, Black Cobra150”.

Other liquids in plastic bottles locally called “Awonche” which means in the Hausa language as “wash your heart” with some others labeled in Chinese language were also found during the inspection.

Police later arrested other seven Nigerians who were selling the drugs supplied to them by the importers.

The seven were; Abubakari Osman 20years, Abubakari Ibrahim. 24years, Mohamadu Mansour. 18 years, Adamu Seidu. 22 years, Mahamadu Ibrahim Nurudeen, 22 years and Abdul –Salam Abubakari, 30 years.

The seven suspects subsequently led the police and officials from the FDA to Alarbar where the two women were arrested.

Briefing journalists at a news conference, Ashanti Regional Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Juliana Obeng said the two suspects, Margaret and Samira admitted to have sold the drugs to the seven suspects and also mentioned that they had imported the drugs from neighboring Togo to Ghana to sell them to the general public.

She added that all suspects are in police custody to assist in investigations, whiles the drugs are been sent for forensic analysis.

ASP Obeng advised the general public to be alert and cautious about the medications they consume, especially those ones they buy from uncertified shops and outside of known pharmacies.

Ashanti regional principal regulatory officer at the FDA, Nora Narkie Terlabie says her outfit will strengthen its collaboration with relevant agencies to clamp down on persons engaging in such acts.

She called on the media to help sensitize the public on the dangers of using drugs from unapproved sources.

Source: Hafiz Tijani | Kapital971.com

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