Caught on camera: Peddler selling pills and mixtures at a back alley

Caught on camera: Peddler selling pills and mixtures at a back alley
A video of a man peddling what appears to be bottles of syrup and pills in Singapore has been circulating on Facebook since it was uploaded on Friday night (Dec 18).
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A video of a man peddling what appears to be bottles of syrup and pills in Singapore has been circulating on Facebook since it was uploaded on Friday night (Dec 18).

The transaction was filmed on the buyer's handphone at a back alley, and it shows the peddler retrieving three bottles of a dark mixture from a motorcycle trunk.

"$100 worth of codeine?" the peddler, a young man, asks the buyer in Mandarin.

Codeine is a controlled substance under the Poisons Act, as it can be addictive and an overdose can be fatal. Drug addicts abuse it as a substitute for other drugs to get high.

As the buyer hands him the money, she pleads for more 'free gifts'. The young man then takes out more pills from his pouch, before they continue to haggle over the goods.

The word 'Tramadol', a pain relief drug, can also be heard in their conversation.

Another man later approaches the peddler, and the young man asks him to wait. It is later revealed that the peddler has an accomplice who was away buying food when the transaction occurred.

The video, uploaded on Facebook by an Irene Tan, has been shared over 1,700 times with views exceeding 63,000 times in 12 hours. It is unclear when or where the video was filmed.

Citing Facebook page SG Cold Truths, citizen journalism website Stomp reported that the bottled mixtures looked to be cough syrup. It is unclear what the pills are.

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