Man held with over 20,000 illegal pills

October 26, 2022

Police attached to the Public Safety and Traffic Enforcement Branch believe they have placed a major dent in the sale of illicit drugs, as one of the alleged players has been placed before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on a 212-count indictment.

Keita Stephens, a daycare operator, was charged by investigators following a raid of his Kingston 19 premises on July 3 and 13, where more than 20,000 sexual performance enhancement pills including Viagra, prescription drugs and female birth control pills were found. The matter was transferred to the plea and case management court due to the volume of charges and the intention of investigators to lay other charges against the accused.

This is the second time this year that Stephens has found himself before the courts, as he appeared before Senior Parish Judge Lori-Anne Cole-Montaque in August for sexually based offences.

Stephens was remanded in custody until December 15. He is represented by attorney-at-law C.J. Mitchell.

Stephens is charged with: two counts of breach of the Customs Acts; one count of unlawful possession of property; nine counts of breach of the Pharmacy Act; two counts of not being registered as a pharmacist; two counts of a premises not registered as a pharmacy; four counts of selling a list of drugs without a prescription; 13 counts of dispensing drugs without a licence; 17 counts of breach of the Food and Drug Act; 33 counts of fees not paid to the Ministry of Health; 56 counts of distributing drugs without a licence; 57 counts of importing drugs without a licence; and 16 counts of drugs not registered with the Ministry of Health.

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