Machines, equipment and chemicals with an estimated value of R10 million confiscated.
The police in the Groblersdal Cluster conducted a Crime Intelligence Driven operation that led to the discovery of a drug laboratory with different equipment, bags of mandrax powder and stolen vehicles.
The operation comprised Provincial Crime Intelligence, Groblersdal Crime Intelligence, the K9, members from the Forensic Department and the DPCI.
Police received an information regarding the suspects who are involved in vehicle theft ,carjacking and dealing in and manufacturing drugs at Thabakhubedu village in Dennilton policing precinct.
The information was acted upon and two suspects aged 26 and 39 respectively were arrested. The other two suspects managed to evade arrest .
The following were confiscated during the raid:
• 2 stolen motor vehicles – Ford meteor and Nissan NP300. The vehicle were reported stolen in January 2009 in Thabazimbi.
• Equipment for the manufacturing of Mandrax tablets. All equipment have an estimated value R2 million
• One presser machine
• One mixer machine
• Industrial stoves
• different chemicals that are utilized to make mandrax.
• Five bags containing mandrax powder, each weighing 25kg. The total estimated street value of the mandrax powder is R10 million.
• Cash amount of R29 820
The arrested suspects will be charged with manufacturing and dealing in drugs and possession of stolen vehicles.
The operation lasted several hours until 04h00 this morning. More arrests are expected.
The suspects will appear in Moutse magistrate court soon.
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