Five suspects aged between 58 and 30 are expected to appear in the Alberton Magistrates’ Court on 30 June 2021, for contravention of the Medicine Act, Drug Trafficking Act, and illegal manufacturing and dealing in drugs.
Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau together with the Crime Intelligence and Provincial Tactical Response Team followed up on intelligence regarding suspected dagga consignment to be delivered in the Alberton area.
Police kept surveillance at a positively identified residence in Alberton and pounced on the suspects allegedly operating a fully functional cannabis oil extraction process.
Five suspects, were arrested and subsequently charged.
The investigation team together with Forensic Science Laboratories Services seized all cannabis oil extraction equipment with an estimated value of R5 million.
More arrests cannot be ruled out as the investigation continues.