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Cape Town - The discovery of envelopes at the Kenilworth post office, containing scheduled medicines transfers to the US, led to the arrest of alleged illegal medicine pedlars transferring R1 million of merchandise.

Dr Bert Wolfgang Kirsten, 62, and his wife Shelley-Ann Kirsten, 54, who appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on Friday, were nabbed by the SA Narcotics Enforcement Bureau together with the Wynberg Visible Policing Unit through an intelligence operation after Kirsten handed in envelopes at the post office containing scheduled medicines.

Hawks spokesperson, Philani Nkwalase said Hawks uncovered more scheduled medicine and documents of order-trails for countries such as USA, UK and Sweden at the couple's home.

“Packaging kits as well as the vehicle used in the commission of crime were seized. Subsequently, a couple were arrested and appeared at Wynberg Magistrates Court on a charges of contravention with the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act read with the Drug and Drug Trafficking Act,” said Nkwalase.

Kirsten was granted R80 000 bail and his wife R20 000 bail. The matter was postponed to February 8.


Cape Argus