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Two arrested for contravening medicine and related substance ACT

Two foreign nationals were arrested for contravening medicine and related substance ACT.

IT IS SUSPECTED THAT THEY ARE PRACTICING AS ILLEGAL OPTOMETRISTS

Hawks spokesperson Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi said information was received and followed regarding a Nigerian National suspected to be dealing in drugs and also practicing as an illegal Optometrist in White River.

“The search and seizure warrant was authorised and executed on Friday during a disruptive operation at the place of the suspect.”

She said a firearm, four rounds, and a magazine were found and seized from the suspect’s car during the search.

“A laboratory used to manufacture spectacles was found at his workplace.”

THE TWO FAILED TO PRODUCE THEIR PASSPORTS

Sekgotodi said LCRC services were required and summoned to capture the exhibits.

The suspect and his friend, aged 42 and 44, were arrested, Both of them failed to produce passports.

The duo were charged and detained pending their first court appearance at White River Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 24 June 2024.

THE TWO ARE EXPECTED IN COURT ON MONDAY

All exhibits were seized and registered at the SAPS 13 register. The firearm will be sent to ballistic for confirmation as the suspect claimed that it’s a blow gun. Investigation continues.

Meanwhile, in other news, a 40-year-old man was arrested at the Lebombo Border Port of Entry on Friday.

A MAN WAS TRYING TO CROSS THE BORDER WITH COUNTERFEIT ITEMS

He was driving a white Volkswagen bus trying to cross the border.

“The vehicle was stopped and searched. During the search, counterfeit goods (sneakers, clothes and cosmetics) with an estimated
street value of R 800 000.00, transported from Mozambique into the Republic of South Africa without valid permit, were seized.”

She said exhibits, counterfeit goods and vehicle were booked in the SAPS 13 register at SAPS Komatipoort and kept at Komatipoort Customs warehouse for safekeeping.
 
The suspect was detained pending his first court appearance on Monday at Komatipoort Magistrates’ Court.

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