Hyderabad : The Habeebnagar police have arrested a man for the illegal sale of psychotropic tablets and Codeine-based syrups.

According to the police, accused Nade Chakradhari (40) of Mallapally, on noting the demand for hypnotic drugs and intoxicating cough syrups, procured a large number of such tablets from Kalaburagi in Karnataka and sold them here along with Codeine-based syrups. His sister, Naina, was also involved in the trade, the police said.

He was a pickpocket earlier and had been arrested by the RGIA Shamshabad and Gopalapuram police.

During a search on Saturday, the police seized 3,420 tablets and 22 bottles of Codeine-based syrups. The accused was booked under provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.