The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a fake pharmacist and drug dealer, Nura Aliyu for possessing six cartons of suspected codeine, a drug banned by the federal Government barely weeks ago, he also had about 142 empty packs sold in Katsina State.
The suspect aged 30, was paraded alongside the suspected drugs which were equivalent to 300 bottles and 142 packs and a vehicle with which he used to convey the banned drugs.
While being paraded the suspect confessed that he had been in the business for some time and he was not a trained pharmacist.
He said “I regret my actions. I have stopped the business some three years back. It was only yesterday that I went back to it and I was arrested.
“We give it out wholesale in my shop. I have a chemist in Tsohon Tasha. People come inside the town to buy from my shop. They are mostly men. The empty packs are the ones they bought and went with it.”
“I attended Polytechnic in Kano. Before then I only have knowledge of medicine, but I didn’t study pharmacy. I have certificate of patient medicine store.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gambo Isah, representing the Katsina State Commissioner of Police narrating the course of the suspect’s arrest said:
“He was stopped and during Police search, this quantum of syrup suspected to be codeine was recovered in his vehicle.
“The suspect has confessed to have been in the business of drug trafficking and distributing to other members of his drug syndicate and consumers alike.
“He is helping us in our investigation towards arresting other members of his gang. Suspect will be arraigned in court immediately investigation is completed.”