Four Singaporeans have been arrested in a clampdown on Geylang street med sales.
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA), Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) and Singapore Police Force (SPF) carried out a joint operation in the Geylang area just before Christmas. During the seven hour operation, four males in their 20s were arrested and are currently assisting police with their investigations. This joint operation was part of HSA’s on-going efforts to tackle the illegal sale of cough syrups, sexual enhancement drugs, prescription drugs and other health products.
The HSA, CNB and SPF seized cough syrup, prescription drugs and sexual enhancement drugs with an estimated street value of $40,000.
“HSA would like to reiterate the dangers of purchasing health products from street peddlers and unknown sellers. These products may be illegal, counterfeit or substandard and may contain undeclared, potent ingredients and other substances controlled under the Poisons Act, which can potentially cause serious adverse reactions when consumed,” the HSA said in a statement.
The HSA says it will continue to take a serious stand against illegal activities that would harm public health.
“We will take strong enforcement actions against those who engage in the sale and supply of illegal health products.”
Under the Poisons Act, anyone caught illegally importing, selling or supplying health products can be fined up to $10,000 or jailed up to two years or both. Members of the public who encounter any illegal sale of cough syrup, sexual enhancement drugs and other health products are encouraged to report them to HSA’s Enforcement Branch at Tel: 6866-3485 during office hours (Monday to Friday) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.