SINGAPORE - A grocery store in Lucky Plaza was found to be illegally peddling contraceptives, painkillers and antibiotics.
Store owner Valdez Ana Rubirosa Manalo, 47, a Filipino, was fined $30,000 on Thursday (April 11). She will spend 12 weeks behind bars if she fails to pay the amount.
The Singapore permanent resident, who owns Cabalen Grocery on the fourth storey of the shopping mall in Orchard Road, pleaded guilty last month to six counts of being in possession of unregistered therapeutic products for the purpose of supplying them to others.
Court documents showed that Cabalen Grocery had earlier been fined $4,000 for offences under the Poisons Act after being found in 2016 for having in possession for sale products such as sibutramine - an appetite suppressant - and clobetasol propionate, which is used to treat various skin disorders including eczema and psoriasis.
Health Sciences Authority (HSA) prosecutor Debra Ann Tan said that HSA investigators inspected the shop at around 3.20pm on July 23 last year and uncovered "an assortment of therapeutic products" concealed under the cashier's counter.
Sales assistant Tejana Marilyn Nillas, 34, admitted that the products were kept in the store so that they could be supplied to customers.