Sat. Jan 16th, 2021

Pietermaritzburg SAPS intercept marijuana shipment bound for Cape

Police in Pietermaritzburg swooped on five suspects loading a truck full of marijuana reportedly bound for Cape Town.

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South African Police Services members in a joint operation with a private security intercepted 57 kg of marijuana.

The police came upon a group of five men loading a truck with bags full of marijuana according to documentation found on site the truck was bound for Cape Town.

Pietermaritzburg SAPS intercept marijuana shipment

SAPS members were alerted to the operation by a tip-off and swooped on the five suspects who were all arrested at the business premises in Edison Road, in Mkondeni.

“Police observed five suspects loading dagga into the truck and pounced on the premises. All five suspects, aged between 21 and 45, were placed under arrest,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker.

Naicker claims that officers confiscated a total of 57 bags of marijuana, with each of those bags weighing between 30 to 40 kg. SAPS estimate the street value of the marijuana at R1.7 million.

A case of possession of marijuana was opened at the Alexandra Road police station for further investigation according to the SAPS spokesperson.

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lt-Gen Khombinkosi Jula promised more arrests as the SAPS clamp down on the trade of narcotics.

“This arrest proves that we are closing in on suspects who are dealing in drugs within our province. More arrests can be expected as operations are still ongoing,” said Jula.

The five men arrested are expected to appear at the Pietermaritzburg magistrate’s court on Monday 11 May.

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Growhouse in Bloemfontein shut down

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Crime Intelligence with the assistance of the Tactical Response team (TRT) shut down a marijuana growing operation in Bloemspruit, Bloemfontein. Photo: SAPS

In an unrelated case a SAPS and Hawks joint operation shut down a large cannabis growing operation in Bloemfontein on 7 May.

“The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Crime Intelligence with the assistance of the Tactical Response team (TRT) shut down a cannabis laboratory in Bloemspruit, Bloemfontein, on Thursday and arrested eight suspects in the process,” said SAPS spokesperson Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn.

“The team acted on intelligence that was gathered on Monday, concerning a cannabis laboratory that was allegedly operational. 

“The Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation managed to obtain a search warrant which was successfully executed on Thursday wherein a fully-fledged dagga cultivation greenhouse was discovered. 

“The value yet to be determined, but it is estimated at a substantial amount.

“The Forensic Team from Head Office has been roped in to assist in the dismantling of the plantation.”

The eight suspects will appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of cultivating and dealing in Marijuana.

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