Cops seized 78,000 tubes of bleaching creams

April 12, 2017
File Skin-bleaching products being sold on the streets of downtown Kingston.
In this photo taken in 2011, a woman applies skin lightening cream to her legs as she sits on a curb in downtown Kingston.

The bleaching cream trade suffered a major blow on Tuesday when detectives seized 78,000 tubes of cream from an establishment in Kingston during an operation which lasted seven hours. 

Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch (C-TOC) detectives arrested and charged one man with breaches of the Pharmacy, Food and Drug, and Customs laws.

According to the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, some of the creams seized are not registered with the Ministry of Health, while others cannot be sold without a prescription.