KAMPALA-The National Drug Authority [NDA] yesterday netted suspected drug dealers in Nabulagala, Kampala.
According to NDA’s Abiaz public relations manager, Abiaz Rwamwiri, a one Francis Hafishimana together with other six accomplices were found in possession of classified medicines including Government of Uganda [GoU] drugs, and medicine labels.
They were also found in possession of fake US dollars and forged documents of NDA, Pharmaceutical Society of Uganda and Uganda Medical and Dental Council among others.
According to Rwamwiri, the suspects have been trailed for a while before being arrested in Nabulagala, Kasubi, in the outskirts of Kampala.
“They had around 400-700 US dollars and classified boxes of drugs but we did not ascertained what kind of drugs because it was not our job we’ve just left it for police to handle,” said Rwamwiri.
He says they are now being held at Kibuli police station and will be aligned before courts of law on charges of;
1.Unlawful possession of classified drugs contrary to section 27 of National Drug Policy and Authority Act,
- Unlawful possession of drugs from government stores contrary to section 316 of the penal code [up to 10 years imprisonment upon conviction].
- Forgery contrary to section 347 of Penal Code [up to 7 years imprisonment upon conviction].
- Uttering False Documents contrary to section 351 of Penal Code [up to 7 years imprisonment upon conviction].
NDA urged the public to be vigilant and report such criminality that happens in our backyard to NDA and police as we work together to protect Ugandans.
“We call upon Ugandans to remain vigilant and report to us such suspicious cases to protect Ugandans from danger,” said Rwamwiri.
The joint operation is in line with NDA’s routine post market surveillance activities, aimed at protecting the human and animal population from drugs and health care products that are substandard, counterfeit and unauthorized in the market.
NDA is mandated to control the import, export, placing on the market and prescription of drugs in Uganda.
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