Cops bust fake sex pills ring in Margate

2012-06-07 00:00

POLICE have confiscated fake sex-aid pills and creams with a street value of about R881 762 in a shop in the town and at a warehouse in Port Shepstone.

More than 16 000 tablets under trade names like Vigora, Femalegra, Cialis, Hard-on Power and Zerengra were smuggled into the country illegally, said police spokesperson Colonel Jay Nacker.

None of the pills or ointments was registered with the Medicine Controlling Council of SA.

Five suspects will appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court on various charges.

The fake medicine bust started out as just a routine follow-up on a stolen cellphone.

Warrant Officer Trevor Moodley of Margate SA Police Service followed up on information he received regarding the stolen cellphone on Tuesday.

This led him to arrest a 23-year-old man in a store in Margate. Moodley confiscated gel and tablets found on the man.

The investigation led to a warehouse in Albersville where a large quantity of tablets and ointments were discovered.

At this stage Port Shepstone

detectives took over.

Lieutenant Koos Prinsloo, Detective Warrant Officer Abraham Sonnekus and Detective Warrant Officer Leon le Roux arrested two men, aged 36 and 42, at the warehouse.

The trail then led to two stores in the Port Shepstone CBD where more illegal drugs were found.

A total of 16 704 tablets were confiscated. The ointments Persivate and Lenovate are schedule-4 medicines and can be bought only from a pharmacy and with a doctor’s prescription.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said two of the suspects were illegal immigrants with no legal documents.

Wiid said the suspects were charged with contravening Section 14(1) read with Section 1 of Act 101/1965 — the selling of unregistered medicine.

On May 18 The Witness reported that the police tactical response team and South African Revenue Services officials raided three homes in Mountain Rise, Pietermaritzburg, and seized a variety of counterfeit goods, including sexual stimulants, with a street value of R3 million.

Five men thought to be operating as a syndicate were arrested in the operation.

The counterfeit goods included cigarettes, chewing tobacco, skin lightening creams, and sexual stimulants.

In addition to goods worth about R900 000, the officers seized two vehicles.

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