Members from the local SAPS deserve a pat on the back as they carried out various successful dagga smugglers busts over the past week!
On Tuesday evening, 12 June, a police official came across the driver of a suspicious looking Toyota Fortuner, in the vicinity of a forest near the Emahlatini Border. When the dagga smugglers suspect saw the police, he stopped the vehicle and fled the scene. The officer went on to search the vehicle and came across nine bags of dagga, covered with white plastic and wrapped with brown wrapping tape, which was then left abandoned.
The dagga and the vehicle, with registration number MM 81 ZN, was seized and booked into the Piet Retief Police Station. At time of publication, the nine bags of dagga were not yet weighed by the SAPS.
CAS 153/6/2018: Constable Hlope (the complainant), was on duty on Wednesday, 13 June, at around 02:30, when he was travelling in Gerhard Böhmer Street and noticed a VW Citi Golf. He stopped the driver and asked his permission to search the vehicle.
During a thorough search, Constable Hlope found nine bags of dagga, wrapped in black bags and sealed with brown wrapping tape. The suspect was arrested on the scene and escorted to the SAPS station where the dagga was weighed. The dagga weighed in at 164,7kg, and has a street value of about R247 000-00.
The suspect appeared in the Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 14 June, but was denied bail and he will be remanded in custody until his next court appearance. CAS 168/06/2018: On Thursday, 14 June 2018, seven rolls of dagga; valued at R3 000-00 was found by Constable S.D. Bhembe, from the Emahlathini Border Police.
Whilst Constable Bhembe and his fellow officers were busy with crime prevention duties, they stopped and searched a vehicle at one of their control points and found a 29-year old man in possession of dagga. The man was arrested and appeared in the Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 15 June. At time of publication, no further information was made available.
CAS 169/6/2018: On the same day, Constable S.N. Lunga and his crew were on duty at around 10:40 and stopped and searched a vehicle travelling on the N2 at a vehicle control point. The officers found a person in possession of 2,6kg of dagga, with a street value of about R4000-00.
The suspect was apprehended for possession of dagga. CAS 170/6/2018: Also on 14 June, dagga to the value of R5 000-00, weighing in at 5,2kg was found on the N2 at around 11:40. Warrant Officer N.R. Coke was on duty and performing his normal duties when he stopped and searched a vehicle. W.O. Coke searched a person’s bags and found the dagga.
The suspect was arrested on the scene. CAS 171/6/2018: Constable Nkosi confiscated a bag of dagga, weighing about 4kg on the abovementioned date, at around 13:30, whilst on duty. The officer received a tip-off that the dagga was at a house in the Ajax Village and when he arrived at the premises, the suspect was confronted, searched and the dagga found.
The man was arrested and taken to the local police station. CAS 172/6/2018: On 14 June, Constable Mashinini conducted a stop and search operation on the N2 and stopped a Nissan Almera with registration number BF 22 RF GP. The driver and one passenger were travelling from Pongola and heading toward Piet Retief when Constable Mashinini stopped the vehicle. The passenger was arrested for possession of a large role of dagga.
All the thorough police work was done over a period of only a few days. Thanks to the crime prevention units for your hard work and effort in busting these drug dealers time after time.
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