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Wheeler dealer: Drugs worth R3.9 million found in bakkie’s spare tyre

A 56-year-old man from Johannesburg was arrested during a roadblock on Friday for smuggling drugs in his spare wheel.

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Northern Cape police, on Friday 8 May, stumbled upon 12.6 kilograms worth of drugs during a roadblock. The bundles of crystal meth were hidden inside the spare wheel of a bakkie.

An empty hidden compartment was also discovered in the seat of the bakkie. 

OVER R3 MILLION WORTH OF DRUGS FOUND IN SPARE WHEEL  

According to a police statement, a 56-year-old man from Johannesburg was arrested by police during a roadblock in Calvinia in the Northern Cape on Friday morning. 

The suspect was found in possession of 12.6kg of crystal meth with an estimated street value of around R3.9 million. 

“The drugs were hidden in the spare wheel of the bakkie he was driving. An empty hidden compartment was also discovered in the seat of the bakkie,” said Police spokesman Brigadier R Ramatseba. 

“The suspect was reportedly driving from the Eastern Cape Province to Cape Town,” said Ramatseba.

The suspect is expected to appear before the Calvinia Magistrate’s Court on Monday 11 May 2020 for dealing in drugs. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) will be investigating the case further.

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DRUG DEALING DEN IN KATHU 

South African Police Service (Saps) members in Kathu in the Northern Cape raided a suspected drug den in the early hours of Monday morning, just four days ago.

A 49-year-old man was arrested and charged with dealing drugs after police found him in possession of mandrax tablets and crystal meth.

“The efforts of Kathu Crime Prevention members are continuing unabated as Sargeant Ben Eiman, and Constables Blythe Jantjes and Beatriz Canchibato continue to clamp down on drug dealing in the Kathu area,” SAPS Spokesperson Colonel Mashay Gamieldien said.

“During the early hours of this morning, 4 May 2020 at approximately 01:00, the members executed a search warrant after receiving information at a house in Siyathemba in Kathu where drugs are alleged to be sold. Upon searching the house, the members discovered mandrax tablets and crystal meth with an estimated street value of R3 000 and cash amounting to R7 569 believed to be the proceeds of the sale of the drugs.”

The 49-year-old suspect was arrested and will soon appear in the Kathu Magistrate’s Court. Station Commander of Kathu SAPS, Lieutenant Colonel Sandra Boshof, lauded the efforts of members in her command. 

“Police will continue unabated to squeeze the space for drug dealers to operate, ” said Boshof. 

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