Drugs worth more than R2 million recovered on major Central Karoo routes

South African Police Service

Drugs worth more than R2 million recovered on major Central Karoo routes
Drugs worth more than R2 million recovered on major Central Karoo routes

The vigilance of members attached to the Central Karoo Flying Squad who are strategically deployed to police our province’s main entrance and exit routes, paid off when they arrested a 38-year-old suspect in connection with a large consignment Mandrax tablets and Khat with a combined estimated street value of about R1.21 million on 5 October 2021.

At about 08:20 during an integrated vehicle check point comprising SAPS and Traffic Officials, members pulled over a suspicious truck near Beaufort-West.

The truck driven by the suspect, was en-route to Cape Town from Johannesburg. When pulled over, members ensued with a search of the freight and discovered a number of boxes of which 26 boxes contained Khat to an estimated value of R464 800-00 and two additional boxes containing an amount of 15 000 Mandrax tablets with an estimated value of about R750 000-00. The consignment drugs were destined for distribution in the Cape Metropole.

Investigation of the find has been taken over by detectives attached to the Provincial Organised Crime Investigation’s Narcotics Section based in Beaufort West.

The suspect is scheduled to appear in the Beaufort-West magistrates’ court on charges of Dealing in Drugs, alternatively Possession of drugs.

Beaufort-West Cluster Commander, Brigadier Johan Du Toit commended the members involved for their vigilance and joint effort to curb the influx of drugs through our main routes. He reiterated that it was the second bust thus far early in the current week.

The first bust was made during the early hours of Monday 4 October 2021, when members attached to the Provincial Traffic Department deployed on the N-1 national road, pulled over a Taxi minibus near Laingsburg that was travelling towards Cape Town.

Upon routine inspection they discovered that the “passengers” were a number of bags filled with dagga with an estimated value of about R877 100-00. Subsequently the two occupants from Wallacedene, Cape Town were arrested and the find confiscated as evidence. The duo aged 41 and 35, were scheduled to appear in the Laingsburg Magistrates’ court on charges of dealing in Drugs, on Tuesday, 5 October 2021.

Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile has expressed his gratitude and commended the members as well as Traffic officials involved in the busts. He commended and welcomed the ongoing strategic deployment of members in collaboration with our counterparts along our main entry and exit routes to curb the influx of illicit drugs and goods into the Western Cape Province and to bring perpetrators to book. “The police remain committed to continue to embark on similar operations, raids, roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints in an effort to safeguard communities in the province over the Spring-School holidays,” he concluded.

SAPS Newsroom

SOURCESouth African Police Service