A 37-year-old woman was released on R7000 bail in the Ngwelezane Magistrates’ Court in KwaZulu-Natal today after she was caught selling stolen antiretroviral drugs.
The woman was arrested on 10 February during a sting operation by police and was in possession of ARV’s with a street value of more than R300 000, Zululand Observer reported.
Acting on information from a source, undercover cops from KZN Provincial Crime Intelligence based in Durban set up a ‘buy and bust’, where they bought drugs from the suspect, and members of the Richards Bay Detectives Branch then swooped in to arrest her, marked bills in hand.
Members of other units, including Empangeni and Richards Bay Crime Intelligence, Technical Support Durban and the KZN Provincial Local Criminal Record Centre (LCRC) were all involved in the bust.
The woman reportedly had 318 bottles of ARV’s, that she was was selling for R1 000 per bottle.
According to officers on scene, the schedule four medication costs the state around R500 per bottle.
Some of the medication was found neatly packed in a hairdryer box inside her luggage. The others were inside a large carry bag.
It is believed the ARV’s were destined to be sold to drug dealers who use it to cut into whoonga (or nyaope), a popular street drug.
As condition of her bail, she must report to the Ngwelezane police station every Friday and must inform police if she plans to leave the magisterial jurisdiction of Empangeni.
– Caxton News Service