Cops raid hash on Lions River farm

2014-11-14 00:00

A 40-YEAR-OLD man from Lions River, John Laurence Strydom, appeared in the Howick Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of cultivating dagga.

Strydom, from Freelands Farm, was arrested on Wednesday after members of the Organised Crime Unit in Pietermaritzburg received a tip-off and staked out the property.

They subsequently conducted a raid, during which a large quantity of dagga was allegedly seized.

A source said police had discovered dagga plants growing in a laboratory environment in the farmhouse, as well as dried dagga in boxes, and dagga stems hanging from the ceiling in an air conditioned room.

“The dried dagga was packed and ready to go,” the source said.

The house was allegedly set up with fans for drying dagga and lights for growing it.

The dagga and hashish (compressed dagga) that was seized was estimated to be worth around R663 000.

Strydom was remanded in custody until next Thursday for a formal bail application.

Police are continuing with their investigations in the case.

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