Another batch of antiretroviral tablets seized in FS

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Police found and confiscated 265 bottles containing ARV tablets.

Three people have been arrested after they were found with antiretroviral tablets in Ventersburg. This comes after two people were arrested in Bloemfontein after being found with a huge consignment of antiretroviral tablets.

According to the police, members of the Tactical Response Team (TRT) arrested three suspects in Ventersburg on Friday, 10 January 2020 at about 17:30. The suspects were travelling in a Toyota Corolla, were searched and 265 bottles containing ARV tablets were found and confiscated. The vehicle was also confiscated for being used in the commission of a crime.

The trio, consisting of a 45-year-old woman and two males aged 30 and 60, will be charged for possession of suspected stolen items. They are all residents of Meloding near Virginia and are expected to appear at the Ventersburg Magistrates’ Court soon.

Meanwhile, the two suspects arrested for allegedly stealing and transporting antiretrovirals (ARVs) will appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today. The two men, aged 33 and 45, had R1.2 million’s worth of the medication in their position when police were led to them during a sting operation.

One of the suspects allegedly works at the Eastern Cape Department of Health. The ARVs were meant for patients at Zastron Clinic, however, the men who were found at Bloemfontein Railway Station attempted to smuggle them to the Eastern Cape.

“The team followed-up on intelligence-driven information and on arrival at the Bloemfontein Railway Station spotted a grey BMW sedan with Eastern Cape registration numbers,” said new Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane alongside MEC of Police, Sam Mashinini, during a briefing last week.

“They tactically approached the vehicle, searched it and inside the boot found boxes and bags covered with a blanket. These boxes and bags were full of bottles containing antiretroviral tablets,” she added.

Seithati Semenokane & Nomaqhawe Mtebele

nomaqhawe@mahareng.co.za