Cops bust lab growing potent new dagga

2010-10-22 00:00

HUNDREDS of highly potent dagga plants, whose seeds are imported from overseas, were discovered in an upmarket three-storey house in Durban North yesterday evening.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the dagga plants were found in a mansion on Briar Way at about 6.30 pm. He said the drug is not the normal Lesotho or Transkei stuff; it is of a “very high quality” and is even more expensive to buy.

“The seeds are imported, although for now I cannot say which country overseas they come from. But they are planted and kept under highly controlled conditions,” said Naicker.

The plants were found in a hydroponic laboratory in the basement of the house. Naicker said the drug is very strong and can even cause mental illness.

“Even when you look at its leaves, it is different,” he said.“It is the first time we have found such dagga in South Africa.

The plants are to be sent to a forensic laboratory for analysis, and only experts will be able to say where the seed are imported from.

Naicker said the police organised crime unit, which has been investigating the existence of these plants in the area, arrested five suspects, aged between 22 and 64 years old.

He said that although the suspects are unemployed, the furniture in the house looked expensive. He said there were BMW X5 and BMW 3 Series in the garage.

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