Employee among two arrested for stealing boxes of Xanax from dispatch department
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DURBAN - An employee was among two suspects arrested by KwaZulu-Natal police for stealing boxes of medication.
This was the second medicine-related arrest in two days.
Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a complainant had alleged that between November 3 and 4, he was on duty at the dispatch department at Riverhorse Valley when he received four boxes of medication containing Mylan Alprazolam tablets.
When he was about to distribute the boxes, he noticed that all the boxes were stolen. He looked everywhere but could not find the boxes. An Apple iPad was also stolen with the boxes.
Gwala said a case of theft was opened at the Newlands police station.
She said on Thursday, the Provincial Trio Task Team followed up information regarding the stolen medication.
“The information led the team to Wiggins in Cato Manor where an Apple iPad was recovered. Further investigation led police to KwaMashu Hostel where 61 units of medication of Mylan Alphrazolam, commonly known as Xanax, was recovered,” Gwala said.
“A 23-year-old old suspect was placed under arrest. Another 25-year-old suspect was arrested at his place of employment where the medication was stolen.”
Gwala said both suspects will appear in court on theft charges this week.
Meanwhile, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, police arrested a man, 25, selling medicine in the Mountain Rise policing area.
The man was found in possession of seven Broncleer medicine bottles, 146 Phoenorant Broncleer medicine bottles, loose dagga and R20 430 in cash.
He is due in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court for contravening the Medicine Control Act.
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