Sun. Jul 12th, 2020

Police seize 104 bags of dagga worth R2 million en route to Western Cape

The three suspects aged, 25, 42 and 48 were arrested and charged for possession and dealing in dagga.

police seize 104 bags of dagga worth r2 million en route to western cape - Police seize 104 bags of dagga worth R2 million en route to Western Cape

A police driven intelligence operation by Bizana police has resulted in what they call the  “biggest dagga haul.” 

According to a SAPS statement, 104 bags of dagga was intercepted in transit from Bizana in the Eastern Cape to Durban. Police intelligence further established that the dagga was going to be loaded in trucks in Durban, to later reach its final destination in the Western Cape.

THREE SUSPECTS ARRESTED FOR DEALING IN DAGGA 

Since Tuesday 26 May, police patrolled, paying particular attention to a certain route and particular vehicles as identified by intelligence. 

Early on Wednesday morning, at about 03:00, the first vehicle — a Toyota Hilux bakkie — appeared loaded with bags of dagga. Police chased it until they found it abandoned and towed it back to Bizana.

On their way back, police saw a second vehicle approaching, a Nissan Almera, loaded with bags of dagga. The driver almost escaped the police, but was cornered and all the passengers escaped on foot.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said police continued with the waylay and the third vehicle, a Hyundai H1, also loaded with bags of dagga approached and was immediately stopped.

“All three occupants were cornered and arrested effortlessly,” said Kinana. 

The three males aged, 25, 42 and 48 were arrested and charged for possession and dealing in dagga. It was established that two are from Lusikisiki while one is from lnanda in Durban. The vehicles were also confiscated.

The three suspects are expected to appear at Bizana Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 28 May.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga commended the members for meticulously executing such a mammoth operation with such precision resulting in the success. 

“The police must enforce the law and make their presence felt by criminals,” said Ntshinga.

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POLICE MAKE BIG BUSTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY 

About two weeks ago, police were making huge dagga busts all across the country. 

First, Richmond SAPS intercepted a vehicle transporting 200kg of dagga being transported to KwaZulu-Natal from the Eastern Cape.

“The vehicle was spotted near the R56 highway in Richmond with one occupant. Police stopped the vehicle, and a search was conducted. Police recovered bags of dagga inside the vehicle weighing more than 200 kilograms,” a statement said. 

In a separate bust, Kimberley SAPS searched a shack in the Transit Camp shantytown. Members found 27 bags of dagga in the shack and arrested a 38-year-old man.

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