On 20 May 2020, a large shipment of drugs were confiscated at a health checkpoint just outside of Middelburg, in the Eastern Cape and a shipment of Mandrax and dagga which are estimated to have a street value of R4 million, was confiscated. Two suspects, aged 34 and 47 years were arrested.
This followed after an accident which occurred at about 23:00, when an oncoming truck, transporting perfume products collided with a stationery motor vehicle at the check point. Routine inspection was conducted on the cargo of the truck and unknown parcels were identified, as they did not form part of the original cargo that was transported.
A case of dealing in drugs is being investigated by Middelburg Police Station. The suspects are due to appear in the Middelburg Magistrates court soon.
Acting Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Major General Andre Swart commended the alert members for the drug haul. “Drugs are responsible for the disintegration of lives and degeneration of family structures. It also has a direct link with commission of crime. Through this arrest, lives were saved,” said Major General Swart.
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