R10 million drug bust as houses raided in Edenvale and Kempton Park

South African Police Service

R10 million drug bust as houses raided in Edenvale and Kempton Park
R10 million drug bust as houses raided in Edenvale and Kempton Park

A man and his wife are amongst six suspects arrested on 2 March 2019, on drug related charges after police rounded up six houses, three in Edenvale and three Kempton Park.

Following a multidisciplinary, intelligence driven operation, consisting of the Hawks, Crime Intelligence, Tracing Team, Organised Crime Unit, police pounced on a house in Edenvale where the main suspect, a 33 year old man was arrested for drug dealing.

Three more suspects, males aged 22, 29 and 36 were arrested at a second house in Edenvale where some of the drugs were also found.

Further investigation led police to three more houses in Kempton Park where a 30 year old woman believed to be wife to the main suspect, was arrested.

A second female suspect aged 27 was also arrested in one of the houses in Birchleigh, Kempton Park where more drugs were seized. Police believe the house is utilised for storage and sales.

Police seized cash and drugs in both raw and processed form, worth a combined estimated value of over R10 million pending forensic determination.

In a separate operation on Friday 1 March 2019, in the West Rand, police arrested two suspects after they were found in possession of cocaine, cat, crystal meth and dagga to the estimated street value of R10 000.

Fighting the scourge of drugs remains one of six top priorities for police in Gauteng and this means finding and arresting the source and dealers.

“Misuse of drugs has proven to be a crime generator where users are driven to stealing and selling the loot to feed and sustain the habit. Human trafficking, rape, and other contact crimes are often associated with drugs. It is thus pleasing to realise that the intensifying of efforts to fight the scourge of drugs is yielding positive successes such as this morning’s arrest and uncovering of drugs worth multi-millions of rands,” said Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela welcoming the arrest and commending the work of the multi-disciplinary team.

The six suspects will appear in the Kempton Magistrates’ Court on Monday 4 March 2019.

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