The Crime Branch officials on Monday arrested two men and seized around 500 bottles of various cough syrups. Senior police inspector Nitin Thackeray said a joint team of police and officials of the Food and Drugs Administration had kept vigil near a mall on the Eastern expressway following a tip-off.
A car was intercepted, and 497 bottles of various cough syrup brands, worth around Rs 50,000 were found, he said. The two men in the car – Ansari Soheb Ahmed Ataullah and Abdul Kadir Mohammad Ali Khan – were arrested as they did not possess necessary permits.
The brands seized include Cyrex, Rexee and Recodex X, which need a permit for sale or even possession, said Inspector Thackeray. A case was registered under Drugs and Cosmetics Act at Vartak Nagar police station.