A Toyota Avanza with false compartment which was fully loaded with dagga was seized at Mahamba Port of Entry on Saturday, 13 May 2023.
Police members who were at the Port of Entry searched a vehicle at the arrivals at about 10:30. Police could smell a rat when the vehicle looked like it was tempered with.
Police searched then discovered a false compartment underneath the rear end of the vehicle and that is where they found six rolls of loose dagga.
The stuffed dagga was contained in plastic bags also wrapped as well as covered with brown sellotape.
A 29-year-old suspect from the Kingdom of Eswatini was arrested and charged for possession of dagga weighing at 12, 69 kilograms. The estimated street value of the seized dagga is at about R53 298-00.
The vehicle was confiscated as well for further investigation.
The arrested suspect is due to appear in Piet Retief Magistrate’s Court today, Monday, 15 May 2023.
The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has sent a strong warning to drug traffickers that they cannot outclass police with their tricks. “We are continuing to make sure that the province is drug free,” said the General.