OFFICERS from Alexander Police Station discovered 59 bottles of Bronchleer cough syrup, R5 061,59 in cash and dagga to the value of R150 000 at a house in Scottsville last Wednesday.
The house on Leinster Road was raided by a team of police officers comprising of Lieutenant Colonel N.J. Mchunu, who led the operation, Warrant Officer Mishen Khandran, Captain Mandlenkosi Khambule, Warrant Officer Musawenkosi Mchunu, Sergeant Mlungisi Mzobe and Constable Sthuthukile Cekwana. Alexandra Police Station spokesperson, Captain Kholeka Mhlongo said that they noticed suspicious activity going on around the area and when they entered they found a 25-year-old man who they suspected was dealing in drugs.
Mhlongo said that they were tipped-off by various sources citing suspicious activity happening in the vicinity of the house, and that numerous students frequented the house.
“It is a very concerning issue because students often come here according to neighbours and most likely, purchase drugs from here,” said Mhlongo.
The man was arrested and taken into custody where he was charged with dealing in drugs.
“The bust is a huge success for the station as the house is in the vicinity of the varsity and the suspected target market for the man we arrested is the students,” said Mhlongo.
Many teenagers and young adults use Broncleer cough syrup found during the raid as a way to get high by mixing the cough syrup with cool drink. It is considered to be the most abused over the counter cough syrup in South Africa.
The cough syrup has had a huge impact on teenagers in and around Pietermaritzburg with many seeking rehabilitation from overuse.