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Drugs worth R4 million confiscated at health checkpoint outside Middelburg

Police said a large shipment of drugs including Mandrax and Dagga were confiscated. Two suspects have since been arrested.

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On Wednesday 20 May, a large shipment of drugs was confiscated at a health checkpoint just outside of Middelburg in the Eastern Cape. 

According to a police statement, a shipment of Mandrax and Dagga, estimated to have a street value of R4 million was confiscated. Two suspects, aged 34 and 47, were arrested.

TRUCK TRANSPORTING PERFUME AND DRUGS 

According to police, the discovery was made after an accident which occurred at about 23:00. An oncoming truck, transporting perfume products, suddenly collided with a stationary motor vehicle at the checkpoint outside Middelburg.  

“[A] routine inspection was conducted on the cargo of the truck and unknown parcels were identified, as they did not form part of the original cargo that was transported,” said Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana. 

A case of dealing in drugs is being investigated by Middelburg Police Station. The suspects are due to appear in the Middelburg Magistrate’s Court soon.

Acting Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Major General Andre Swart commended the alert members for the drug haul. 

“Drugs are responsible for the disintegration of lives and degeneration of family structures. It also has a direct link with [the] commission of crime. Through this arrest, lives were saved,” said Swart.

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ILLICIT CIGARETTES TRANSPORTED FROM EASTERN CAPE TO WESTERN CAPE 

This time it wasn’t drugs. Cigarettes valued at R200 000 were found in the back of a Toyota bakkie making its way from Grahams Town in the Eastern Cape to George on Tuesday 12 May. 

Police officers searched the vehicle belonging to a 30-year-old man and discovered boxes of cigarettes hidden underneath pineapples. Police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie said the cigarettes were meant to arrive in George.

“A Ford bakkie with a load of pineapples approached the roadblock at Tsitsikamma Toll Gate as it was en-route from Grahams Town to George. A vigilant member attached to the Tsitsikamma K-9 (Knysna Dog Unit) who was deployed at the roadblock noticed that the driver appeared to be anxious,” he said. 

“As a result, he pulled over the vehicle and ensued with a routine search. As the member moved some of the pineapples aside on the back of the bakkie, he discovered eight boxes filled with 50 cartons of cigarettes to the estimated value of about R200 000,” he said. 

“The 30-year-old man was arrested on the spot and the illicit cigarettes were confiscated. The suspect was processed at the Plettenberg Bay police station and issued with a summons to appear in the Plettenberg Magistrate’s Court at a later date and time. The illicit cigarettes were destined for distribution in George,” he added. 

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