Cops to test a million straws for heroin

2014-02-27 13:16

More than a million straws will be tested for heroin by police forensic laboratories before a trial against 19 men can proceed, the Pinetown Magistrates’ Court has heard.

Prosecutor Khumbu Shazi, who was seeking an adjournment in the matter, said today that unlike heroin powder from which a sample could be taken and analysed, each of the 1 070 000 sealed straws would need to be opened and the contents analysed.

The straws were part of a drug haul police seized from a house in Durban’s upmarket suburb of Gillits when they arrested the men on November 28.

At the time of the arrests, Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said the street value of the assumed heroin straws, Mandrax tablets, and heroin powder was estimated at R41 million.

The matter was postponed to May 8.

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