Drug trio trapped in bribe sting

2012-12-17 00:00

ATTEMPTS by two drug dealers and a middleman to corrupt a police officer have landed them in hot water.

On Friday last week, detectives of the Durban Organised Crime Unit and members of the Durban Flying Squad narcotics task team arrested two drug dealers and a middleman who tried to bribe a police officer to leak information about drug raids.

The three suspects, aged 22, 24 and 38, are expected to appear in court soon.

Colonel Jay Naicker said there were ongoing efforts by the Flying Squad narcotics task team to curb drug dealing in the Chatsworth area. Drug syndicates had been making substantial financial losses and had made a desperate attempt to suborn a police officer.

“The two drug dealers are alleged to have used the intermediary to approach a member of the flying squad and negotiate that the police officer supply them with information of future drug operations in exchange for cash.”

The police officer reported the matter to his superior who in turn contacted the organised crime unit.

Naicker said: “An organised crime project was registered and a five-month long investigation began. Various payments were made to the police officer and detailed records were kept of the corrupt dealings.”

The drug dealers handed over R59 000 in cash to the police officer. During the raid police also seized an unlicensed 9mm pistol, R13 000 in cash and items of jewellery from the homes of the suspects.

Naicker warned that such operations would continue in order to disrupt the activities of drug dealers, especially over the festive season.

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