R100k worth of mandrax recovered, Beaufort West

South African Police Service

R100k worth of mandrax recovered, Beaufort West
R100k worth of mandrax recovered, Beaufort West

Various efforts to eradicate drug trafficking at entry and exit points of the Western Cape in the recent past yielded positive results when police confiscated large consignments of drugs.

These efforts continued when members attached to the Provincial Detectives (Narcotic Section) and Beaufort West police deployed in a Central Karoo town embarked on an operation where drugs with an estimated street value of R100 000-00 was confiscated at Beaufort West on the night of 28 July 2021, at about 19:30.

The members responded to a tip-off about a vehicle that was traveling towards Beaufort West from Cape Town.

They spotted the Toyota Avanza along Gaba Street, Beaufort West where the vehicle was pulled over. A search of the vehicle ensued which led to the confiscation 1816 Mandrax tablets. The police arrested three suspects aged 26 and 31 on a charge of possession of drugs.

The trio remains in custody. They are expected to appear in court on Friday, 30 July 2021.

Meanwhile, a 34-year-old accused appeared in the Beaufort West Magistrate’s Court on a charge of dealing in drugs on Wednesday, 28 July 2021. The appearance follows his arrest on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 during a raid at his residence at Zola Skweyiya Drive, Side Saviwa (Beaufort West).

Beaufort West police members operationalized information about illicit activities when they pounced on the house. A thorough search of the premises led to the discovery confiscation of six bankies Tik and 106 dagga stops.

Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, lauded the members who were instrumental in bringing the suspects to book. He also emphasised the importance of such operations which is in line with policing priorities to rid communities of drugs.

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SOURCESouth African Police Service