Police today conducted a joint operation dubbed, “Operation CRUX”.
The exercise included members of the police Drugs Unit, Police Support Unit, and Pharmacy Inspectors attached to the Ministry of Health.
Two persons have been arrested and a quantity of “APETAMIN”, in both liquid and tablet form was seized after police executed search warrants at two business places in the City of Hamilton. Several products containing CBD were also seized.
APETAMIN contains Cyproheptadine, which is banned in several countries, and has numerous harmful side effects, including dizziness, tremors, blurred vision and liver failure.
Detective Chief Inspector, Sherwin Joseph, of the Specialist Investigation Department stated “Cyproheptadine is listed in Schedule 3, and Part II of Schedule 4 of the Pharmacy and Poisons and Act 1979. It can only be sold or be kept for sale, by a licensed pharmacist.
Business owners should make themselves very familiar with the contents of the Pharmacy and Poisons Act 1979, which is designed to protect the health and well-being of the public. They can also consult with the Pharmacy Inspector’s office, to ensure that their business operations are in compliance with the act.’’
Mr. Joseph commended Detective Inspector (Ag), Nidol Barker and his Drug Unit, for their work in conjunction with the Pharmacy Inspectors, to prevent uncontrolled access to these items which pose a serious health risk to individuals.
No further information on the investigation will be provided at this time.
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