Mchinji Police have arrested a 29-year-old woman, Bridget Kalima, for the illegal possession of a substantial quantity of medical drugs without the necessary permits.
This arrest followed a tip-off from vigilant citizens who promptly reported the suspicious activity to local authorities.
According to Constable Limbani Mpinganjira, the Mchinji Police Public Relations Officer, the law enforcers raided Ms. Kalima’s residence upon receiving a tip off from well-wishers.
“Police received a tip-off from well-wishers that the suspect was keeping the assorted drugs in her house at Kamwendo Trading centre and upon receipt of the information, detectives raided her house and managed to seize the drugs and the suspect got arrested immediately by Kamwendo police,” said Mpinganjira.
Among the seized items were, as described by Constable Mpinganjira, “7000 Indocid capsules, 3000 Amoxicillin capsules, 1000 DCN capsules, 7000 Panadol tablets, 6,330 Lofnac tablets, 1500 Paracetamol tablets IP, 9000 Co – Trimoxazole tablets, 2600 Diclofenac Sodium tablets, 28 Ciprocir (eye drops) bottles, 1400 Ciprofloxacin tablets BP, 50 bottles of Depo- Provera, 392 tablets of Rifampin, 112 tablets of Lonart, 2880 tablets of LA (Lumaterm), 3000 tablets of Sulfadoxine, 57 bottles of Gentamycin, 9 syringes, 26 bottles of Benzathine, 3 bottles of Calamine, 4300 tablets of Cipium, 1000 tablets of Carbamazepine, 500 capsules of Omeprazole, 200 tablets of Viagra, 500 tablets of Magnesium, 2000 tablets of Hydrochloride, 500 tablets of Albendazole, and 4000 tablets of Bufen.”
Mpinganjira emphasized that “the seized drugs will be examined by the Pharmacy and Medicines Regulatory Authority to ensure their authenticity and quality.”
Bridget Kalima, a resident of Kachusi Village under Traditional Authority Mlonyeni in Mchinji, was promptly taken into custody by the Kamwendo police and now faces charges under section 116 (1) of the Pharmacy Medicine Regulatory Act of 2019 for “Being Found in possession of Medical Drugs without a permit.”