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Two Kimberley residents bust in Welkom for allegedly trying to sell ARVs

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Two accused persons who were arrested for allegedly attempting to sell antiretroviral drugs will remain in custody following their arrests in Welkom last week.

ARV tablets with an with an estimated street value of R10,000 were seized in the parking lot of a municipal swimming pool in Welkom. Picture: SAPS

TWO ACCUSED persons who were arrested for allegedly attempting to sell antiretroviral (ARV) drugs will remain in custody following their arrests last week.

SAPS Free State spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said members of the Welkom K9 unit received information about two suspects who were travelling from Kimberley to allegedly sell the ARV tablets in Welkom.

Thakeng stated that the Welkom police searched a silver Mercedes-Benz that was parked at the municipal swimming pool in Welkom on April 18

“While members of the Welkom K9 unit were busy, 43 bottles of ARV medication with 1,218 tablets, with an estimated street value of R10,000, were found and seized. The suspects were arrested by Sergeant Sesing Rakoata and Warrant Officer David Scott,” said Thakeng.

He added that the Mercedez-Benz vehicle, which had a Northern Cape registration number, was also seized.

“The two suspects were arrested on charges of possession of suspected stolen ARV tablets and appeared in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court. The accused then applied for bail in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court on April 26.”

Thakeng stated that the accused – Zolile Ncanwa, 54, who is unemployed, and Joyce Keetile, 44, who works at a funeral parlour in Kimberley – would remain in custody until their next court appearance.

“The case is being investigated by Detective Sergeant Mali attached to the Welkom Detective Services,” Thakeng added.

A Mercedes-Benz was also confiscated. Picture: SAPS
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