2 Nabbed with R350k worth of mandrax, Klein Brakrivier

South African Police Service

2 Nabbed with R350k worth of mandrax, Klein Brakrivier
2 Nabbed with R350k worth of mandrax, Klein Brakrivier

An intelligence driven operation led to the confiscation of R350 000 worth of drugs at Klein Brakrivier whilst an unlicensed firearm was seized in an unrelated operation at Thembalethu.

On Monday, 17 April 2023 members of the Garden Route Flying Squad operationalised intelligence and pulled over a silver Opel Corsa at Klein Brakrivier along the N2 between Groot Brakrivier and Hartenbos.

The vigilant members proceeded with a thorough search of the vehicle upon which they found seven packs consisting 7000 mandrax tablets inside the vehicle. They subsequently confiscated the consignment and arrested two occupants, aged 33 and 43, on a charge of dealing in drugs each.

Preliminary investigation reveal that the suspects, from George in the Garden Route District, were enroute to George at the time of the breakthrough.

In an unrelated matter, on Sunday, 16 April 2023 at about 20:30 Thembalethu police conducted stop and search operations along Nelson Mandela Boulevard at Zone 6, Thembalethu where they stopped a man. The police found a handgun in his possession. The 29-year-old man was unable to account for his possession thereof and was subsequently arrested on a charge of possession of unlicensed firearm.

The firearm will be send to the forensic laboratory for ballistic tests.

All three suspects remains in police custody.

They will appear in the respective courts once charged.

Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, applauded the members for their vigilance to remove illicit drugs and firearms from the streets. He said: “Illicit firearms in the hands of criminals pose a major threat to communities. These confiscations are in line with the policing priorities of the Western Cape to rid communities of drugs and firearms. Our members on the ground are making headway in strive to safeguard communities in this province”, Lt Gen Patekile concluded.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service