137 Eskuf cough syrup bottles seized, 1 held

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Nuapada: Police on Thursday arrested a man and seized 137 bottles of Eskuf cough syrup from his possession when he was transporting the drug near Solband Chowk in Nuapada district.

The accused was identified as Basanta Saraf (23) of Komna village.

Acting on a tip-off, Komna police conducted raid at Solband Chowk while the accused was transporting the spurious cough syrups from Nuapada area to Komna. One of his accomplices has managed to escape from the spot. The drugs were seized from the accused in the presence of an executive magistrate and drug inspector.

Each 5 ml bottle contained 10 mg of codeine phosphate as an active ingredient while 100 ml bottle contained 200 mg of codeine phosphate. By not possessing valid license for stock, exhibit and sale of the drugs, the accused violated Sec 18(c) of Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940, the police said.

During interrogation, the accused confessed that he along with one of his associates, Ajgar Mohammmad Mobu Khan (45) of Komna, was transporting the Eskuf cough syrup bottles from Nuapada area to Komna on a motorcycle. The motorcycle has been seized from his possession.

A case has been registered against the arrested person under Section 21(b) of NDPS Act 1985 and Section 18(c) Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940.

The accused was produced in a court later in the day. Further investigation into the matter is underway. Efforts are on to nab the other accused who is absconding, the police added.

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