Tuesday 20 November, 2018

C-TOC arrests four at popular downtown Kingston pharmacy

Detectives from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) on Thursday arrested the owner, a pharmacist and two other employees of a popular pharmacy in downtown Kingston.

The four, who were arrested for breaches of the Pharmacy Act, are expected to be charged for selling drugs without prescription.

Reports are that officers attached to C-TOC, along with representatives of the Pharmacy Council of Jamaica, visited the location at about 1:00 p.m., and observed irregularities at the pharmacy in how prescription drugs were being sold.

The four were later taken into custody in connection with the improprieties.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Victor Barrett, has since warned members of the public to “... Be careful when purchasing pharmaceuticals, and desist from buying tablets that require a prescription, over the counter.”

In a release to the media, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police force said C-TOC is moving apace to have pharmacies comply with the regulations that are stipulated by the Pharmacy Act, and is encouraging members of the public to share information about any impropriety by contacting 876-809-1706.

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