Drug bust: Flying Squad raids Chatsworth den

2011-11-18 00:00

DURBAN police arrested a suspected Chatsworth drug peddler yesterday afternoon after he was allegedly caught with a large quantity of various prohibited dependence-producing drugs.

In an intelligence-driven operation the Durban flying squad narcotics task team stormed a drug den in Heron Street, Kharawastan, Chatsworth, at 5 pm, taking the suspect by surprise.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the 41-year-old man was questioned by the police, who searched his house.

It was discovered that one of the rooms was used to process and package drugs.

Naicker said that among the equipment and chemicals in the room was a pile of drinking straws and vacuum sealers, which are commonly used to package a heroin-based concoction, which is sold on the streets as “sugars”.

The task team members confiscated cocaine, heroin and mandrax with a combined value of about R25 000.

A book containing records of transactions and trade dealings, that could be of evidential value for the prosecution, was also found.

Naicker said unscrupulous peddlers are using innocent children as “runners” and even selling drugs to pupils at schools.

• chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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