Drug dealer bust again

2011-04-27 00:00

SUSPECTED drug dealer Anil Harrichand (44) was remanded in custody by the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of illegal drug dealing after he was arrested on Friday.

This comes after his home was raided four times in three weeks by the Mountain Rise police, who found an undisclosed amount of drugs including dagga, 73 cocaine rocks and illegal liquor. A police source said Harrichand is on parole following a previous drugs conviction.

Detained with him were his wife Ashika Singh (31), a domestic worker and an 11-year-old boy, all of who were in the house when the police struck.

Charges against the worker have been withdrawn. Singh was released on R2 000 bail.

Brigadier Francis Bantham of the Mountain Rise police said that on the first three occasions police found a considerable amount of dagga stashed in cupboards in Harrichand’s Erna Place home in Northdale.

“In all those instances we would find three different people who are being used as fall guys by this drug dealer. On Friday he was not lucky as we found the cocaine rocks and we arrested them and kept them in police custody over the long weekend.

“This month we have made more than 90 drug busts in the Mountain Rise area alone, and this is scary because these drug dealers are messing up the lives of young children and the youth,” said Bantham.

She encouraged communities to continue working with the police in busting dealers.

A source close to the case said Harrichand was denied bail because he is out on parole following another drug conviction. He was remanded in custody until May 5 for a bail inquiry.

The source said chances are that Harrichand planned to blame the maid for the drugs.

“It will take about two days to get dockets on his previous convictions so at this stage we can’t give out conviction dates, terms and parole or suspension period. No matter how big dealers might think they are, one thing is certain, we are coming for them and we won’t be intimidated,” said the source.

He was referring to reports that a magistrate was threatened with death by the close relative of Harrichand in a 2002 drug dealing case.

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