Eight in court on charges of dealing, possessing cocaine

2015-03-03 00:00

EIGHT local residents appeared in the ­Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court ­yesterday in connection with multiple counts of dealing in cocaine, or alternatively possessing cocaine.

The smallest amount of cocaine ­involved was 0,59 grams and the biggest was 12,87 grams.

The crimes allegedly occurred between August and December last year at Peach Road, Woodlands, in Eastwood, Church Street and Northdale.

Seven of the accused were arrested ­during a police raid on Friday which ended a ­two-year-long undercover operation in the capital.

The eighth, Faybian MacKay, allegedly handed himself over to police on Sunday (March 1) after he read in the press that he was wanted, his attorney Anand Pillay told the court.

Also on trial alongside him are Mac­Kay’s mother Zainath “Shireen” Hutchinson (who is currently on parole after previously earning a 20-year jail term for drug dealing) and his brother Samsam MacKay.

The other accused are Hoosen ­Mohamed Shaik Cassim, Ramesh ­Mahabeer, ex-policeman Sagren Pillay, Zaheer Buckroodeen and Deon Gabagas.

Defence lawyers Anand Pillay and ­Nasen Naicker opposed the state’s application for the accused to remain in custody for seven days while the state checks on their previous convictions.

However, the court granted the postponement after being told that state advocate Yuri Gengai from the office of the KZN director of public prosecutions is set to take over the case next Monday.

The case was adjourned till then for a formal bail hearing.

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