Durban war on drugs is succeeding

2014-01-14 00:00

DURBAN policing units are cracking drug circles with a string of successful busts.

In the latest success, police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the Durban Flying Squad Narcotics Task Team arrested two suspects in Seaview and Chatsworth last Thursday.

“The two were arrested in two separate busts in different suburbs and police seized rock cocaine, ecstasy and dagga from both men to the street value of more than R46 500,” he said.

The haul comes on the heels of a series of drugs busts over the last two months by several units including the Durban Metro Dog Unit that has seen more than R45 million in narcotics confiscated and several arrests made.

In November police swooped on an upmarket house in Gillitts, confiscating R41 million in drugs comprising heroin and mandrax — the biggest haul in anti-drug operations in KZN ever recorded.

In Umhlanga on December 30, a home was raided where R5 million of heroin and mandrax was confiscated.

In the two raids 31 people were arrested.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has previously told The Witness that while there are a series of drug-related raids taking place in Durban he believes the various operators are not linked although they are known to each other.

He told a press conference in Durban in December: “If we stop the flow of drugs in Durban it will have a knock-on effect into various other parts of the province. This city is the source and we are making in-roads.”

Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said the arrests were evidence that the police were working to root out drug peddling in the city and province.

“We have the most committed individuals that are in the forefront of the fight against drugs and their results have been consistent over the years. In the absence of any interventions by other role-players, police still remain committed to fighting this battle” she said.

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