Former Mountain Rise cop gets bail in drug dealing case

2014-09-15 00:00

A FORMER Mountain Rise policeman was released on bail when he appeared in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s court for allegedly dealing in cocaine.

Leon Govender, a former inspector at Mountain Rise, together with Brenton Frank, a car dealer and his co-accused, were both granted R10 000 bail.

Investigating officer Warrant Officer Deon Johannes Fleming, in his opposing affidavit said during 2009 the organised crime unit was tasked to investigate a syndicate dealing drugs in the Pietermaritzburg area.

“Through an undercover investigation, Frank was fingered as the main syndicate member.

“As the investigation progressed Govender and two other members were identified.”

Frank was initially arrested on 11 counts of dealing in cocaine and racketeering, and Govender for two counts of dealing in cocaine and racketeering. While they were out on bail, they allegedly continued with their operation. Frank allegedly peddled drugs in Pietermaritzburg, Hillcrest, Pinetown and Westville. Magistrate Ntsoaki Ndawone found it is in the interest of justice to release them on bail. They will be back in court on October 24 .

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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