Misoprostol, is a pill used to cause abortions, induce labour, treat postpartum bleeding and stomach ulcers, was found being sold at a fast food outlet in the Cape Town CBD.
Western Cape police spokesperson FC Van Wyk said that the 38-year-old suspect was apprehended by narcotics unit officers on Wednesday afternoon. “They received information that prescribed drugs were being sold at a fast food outlet in Strand Street,” he said. “An undercover agent went in and purchased an abortion tablet (Misoprostol) for R1 000. The suspect was arrested on a charge under the Medicines Control Act.”
When the suspect’s bag was searched further, it was discovered that he had nearly 300 abortion pills in his possession, as well as 175 Adco tablets valued at R270 000.
The pills were seized, and the suspect will appear in the Cape Town’s Magistrate’s Court on Friday.