Chatsworth man held for drug dealing

2014-01-06 00:00

THE 31-year old Chatsworth man apprehended for drug dealing on Friday was likely the supplier of a mother and two sons who were arrested in the same area a week earlier, the head of the kwaDukuza security cluster said yesterday.

Brigadier Derek Captain-Hastibeer confirmed the man was arrested by the Chatsworth Crime Intelligence Cluster and kwaDukuza Drugs Team and National Intervention Unit members.

Friday’s operation followed information received about a drug dealer in Silver Heights Crescent, Unit 3, Chatsworth.

After identifying the suspect’s home, the members set up an operation, he said.

They recovered 3 400 heroin straws to the value of R89 000, and R34 244 in cash during a search of the premises.

Thirty-one Mandrax tablets and foil containing crushed pieces of mandrax were also found abandoned outside a house on Havenside Drive, Chatsworth.

The suspect will appear in the Chatsworth Magistrate’s Court today.

Captain-Hastibeer said the drug bust had followed the arrest of a mother and two sons in the same area a week before, where R17 000 in cash and some R9 000 worth of sugars (a heroin derivative in which heroin is mixed with small amounts of cocaine) were confiscated.

The arrest is the latest in a series of recent big drug busts in the province.

A house in Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, was raided last week and six men and six women were arrested after being found mixing, packaging and sorting over R5 million worth of sugars.

The leaseholder of the house, believed to have been arrested at least four times previously and released, is still on the run.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said a link between the Umhlanga drug bust and the arrest on Friday was “unlikely”, as they were “separate incidents”.

• Earlier last month,SAPS Crime Intelligence and Hawks members raided a house at 50 Alexander Drive, Gillitts, and recovered narcotics and drug processing equipment worth R41 million.

Nineteen men were arrested. All of the suspects were foreign nationals, between the ages of 18 and 37.

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