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Sh40m sex pills from India seized at JKIA

By NAIROBI NEWS February 18th, 2014 1 min read

A government agency has impounded a consignment of unregistered sex-enhancing drugs worth Sh44 million.

Two people were also arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as they waited to pick the contraband goods for distribution in the country.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board’s director in charge of inspectorate, surveillance and enforcement, Dr Ahmed Mohammed, said the sex boosting drugs branded “Vega”, and originating from India, have been in circulation locally for the last two years.

Not registered

Dr Mohammed said the label indicates the drugs are manufactured by a company known as Heri Pharmaceuticals in Mumbai, India, and imported by another firm known as Diani Pharmaceuticals, which is not registered with the Poisons Board.

“The drug has been on sale in the country for the last two years and we had not been able to get to the importer until last Friday,” he said on Monday.

The surveillance officer said the drug was being brought in through the airport in hand luggage marked as “harmless substances”.

Dr Mohammed said the board would continue cracking down on unscrupulous dealers to safeguard the health of the public.

The two Kenyans who were arrested during the Friday incident were charged yesterday at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi.