Police, FDA arrest people selling illegal drugs

By Gifty
Amofa/Jefferson Olarbi, GNA,

Kumasi, July 8, GNA – The Ashanti Regional
Police Drug Law Enforcement Unit, in partnership with the Food and Drugs
Authority (FDA) have arrested nine traders for allegedly importing and selling
prohibited drugs.

They are Margaret Mensah, 25, alias Akua and
Samira Abdul-Kadir, 30, were arrested for importing the drugs whilst Abubakari
Osman, 20, Abubakari Ibrahim, 24, Mohamadu Mansour, 18, Adamu Seidu, 22, Mahamadu
Ibrahim Nurideen, 22 and Abdul-Salem Abubakari, 30, all Nigerians were grabbed
for selling them.

ASP Juliana Obeng, Head of the Public Affairs
Unit of the Command disclosed this to the media in Kumasi.

She revealed that Margaret and Samira were
arrested on Wednesday, July 5, upon a tip-off at French-Line near Allah Bar in
Kumasi and during inspection, some of the prohibited drugs found were found.

They are Tramadol 225 milligrams, Iibulo plus,
Devegra 150, Vargra Extra 150, Black Cobra 150 and other liquids in plastic
bottles well-known as “Awonche” in Hausa, meaning “wash your heart” with others
labelled in Chinese were also discovered.

When the seven were arrested, they mentioned
the two women who also confessed that they had imported the drugs from Togo.

Madam Nora Narkie Terlabie, the Principal
Regulatory Officer of the Ashanti Regional Office of FDA said Tramadol is a
medication that should be taken unless prescribed.

Only the 50 milligrams and 100 milligrams were
only authorised by FDA contrary to the 225 milligrams being sold on the market
by the suspects.

It is prescribed for patients with severe
pains but is being abused by some people for enhancing sexual performance.

She noted that though the drug was not a
narcotic it had some characteristics similar to narcotic drugs with side
effects including difficulty in breathing, dizziness, low heart rate, seizures,
difficulty falling asleep, fainting, headache, constipation/diarrhoea,
excessing sweating and dry mouth.

The Principal Regulatory Officer said users,
especially the youth usually mix it with energy drinks or alcohol to boost
their sexual performance.

Madam Terlabie said it had high risk of
addiction when taken for a long time.

She cautioned the public to desist from taking
such drugs, especially Tramadol without prescription.

Madam Terlabie said the drugs should be bought
at Licensed Chemical and Pharmacy Shops.

She said people should report to the FDA of
any side effects on drugs purchased.   

The team demonstrated how the liquid also
known as wash your heart, could affect the body as a plastic container it was
poured into melted.


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