Detectives Recover US$500 000 Drugs From Backyard Pharmacy

Police on Tuesday recovered drugs worth US$500 000 from a warehouse in Waterfalls. The medicines bore Ministry of Health tags, raising suspicion that they could have been stolen from a State warehouse.

Clever Farayi, Tatenda Innocent Rutsate and Graeme Munikwa were arrested and on Thursday appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa. The trio was charged for unauthorised possession of drugs.

They were each granted $100 bail and remanded to April 24 pending trial.

A team of investigators from the CID Drugs and Narcotics visited TICC Pharmaceuticals in the Prospect industrial area after a tip-off that the company was distributing cheap and low-quality drugs.

The officers forcibly entered the premises after being denied entry by Farayi and Rutsate. Munikwa was found in the warehouse, offloading drugs.

After they forced entry, the detectives asked for licences for the premises and were shown a wholesale dealer’s permit issued to Blessmore Madhanzi in respect of the building near the main gate at the complex.

The trio, after failing to produce licences for storing the medicines, implicated one Teddy Chindedza. They also revealed that Madhanzi was only fronting for Chindedza.

The detectives are making a follow-up with the Health ministry procurement directorate to investigate the pilferage of these medicines and also to arrest Teddy Chindedza, who is still at large.

More: Newsday

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