Woman tries to bribe cops after drug lab busted

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Woman tries to bribe cops after drug lab busted

A 54-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly attempted to bribe a police officer when a drug laboratory was found at her farm in Boons near Koster, the North West Community Safety and Transport Management said on Thursday.

“The arrest came after the police, who were on a routine rural safety patrol, stopped at locked gates at one of the farms in Boons. According to information, two men were seen running away from the farm,” said acting spokesperson Thabo Sematle.

“The police managed to force entry into the farm wherein they discovered that drug manufacturing activities were taking place. Drugs sludge was found being cooked on stoves while others were still in various drums. The police also found drugs suspected to be mandrax, as well as other chemicals utilised to manufacture drugs, all with an estimated street value of over R8 million.”

The woman allegedly offered a police officer R60,000 as a bribe. The police officer refused the bribe and she was arrested.

She was expected to appear in the Koster Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charges of manufacture and supply of scheduled substances and dealing in drugs.

North West Community Safety and Transport Management MEC Mpho Motlhabane commended the police for refusing the bribe.

“You have done a sterling work and we want to applaud you for this. We must clean the province, these people are destroying our society now we must make their planning very difficult.

“We must suffocate these criminals to death and they must know that they don’t have space in the province,” he said.

Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane also lauded members for their efforts and determination in the fight against drug-related crime.

The discovery of this drug laboratory was the second major drugs bust in North West, following the one in April in which the police at the Kopfontein Port of Entry found drugs worth R70 million hidden in a false compartment of a truck that was entering South Africa from Botswana.

The accused in this case were expected to appear in the Zeerust Magistrate’s Court on October 28.

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