Cape Town - A former senior lecturer from Cape Town has been arrested in the US on money laundering allegations.

Eronini Megwa, 59, lectured at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology from 1993 until 2003 before joining California State University, where he was an associate professor until 2007.

He was suspended in May from the University of Texas at Arlington, where he had been an associate professor since 2008, lecturing in mass communication, public relations, journalism, and inter-cultural and international communication, the Star-Telegraph reported.

Megwa and his wife, Susan, 50, face charges of laundering $200 000 (about R2.1million).

The newspaper reported that Susan Megwa owned a pharmacy in which Eronini was a partner. It said that according to police affidavits, the couple ordered large quantities of hydrocodone, oxycontin, oxycodone, adderall, amphetamine salts, butrans, morphine sulfate and methadone.

On searching the couple’s Southlake home, police found labels printed on plain paper so the pharmacy name would not appear. The affidavits said the aim was to sell pills “out the back door”.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Texas State Board had told police the quantities of drugs ordered were higher than most chain pharmacies that were open 24 hours.

It was alleged the couple spent some of the money on shopping trips and transferred cash to their home country, Nigeria.

Attempts were made to contact Megwa at his home on Wednesday night, without success.

Cape Times