The Sierra Leone Police have confirmed the arrest of Memunatu Bangura and Aminata Kargbo after being found in possession of cartons of free healthcare drugs with altered expiration dates.

This information was revealed at the Sierra Leone Police press conference at George Street in Freetown by Chief Superintendent of Police Mohamed Kugba Allieu, heading the Trans National Organized Crime Unit (TOCU).

The arrest occurred during a joint operation conducted by the Sierra Leone Police and the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone on June 27th 2024, at No. 7 No. 7 Prince Street in Waterloo by SLP Kissy Division and the Pharmacy Board, uncovered various medications at the suspects’ residence.

Superintendent Allieu stated that Memunatu Bangura claimed she was unaware of the drugs’ expiration status upon receiving them from an unnamed woman. She stated attempts to return the drugs to the supplier were unsuccessful. In contrast, Aminata Kargbo maintained her innocence, explaining she was merely visiting the residence at the time of the arrest.

Superintendent Allieu emphasized that the seized drugs, which were of significant quantity, are now under the custody of the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone. Despite appeals for leniency, he reaffirmed his commitment to thorough investigation and subsequent legal action against the suspects.

The joint operation underscores ongoing efforts to curb the circulation of expired and tampered medical supplies, safeguarding public health across Sierra Leone.