Major drug bust, by chance

2008-10-17 00:00

Two policemen who thought they were about to help people who were stranded at the side of the road ended up arresting two men when they found they were loading their car with dagga worth almost R400 000.

Captain Charmaine Struwig said that on Thursday night, members of the Ladysmith dog unit were patrolling the N3 southbound, when they noticed a bakkie on the northbound lane with its hazard lights on.

“Thinking someone may be in need of assistance, the police quickly drove to an area where they could change direction and made their way back to the area where the bakkie was first seen. On arrival, one of the three people at the vehicle climbed over the guard-rail and a fence, and fled on foot into the dark veld.”

Struwig said Constable Paul Kriel and reservist Sergeant Andries Venter soon discovered why the person had fled.

At the vehicle, they found two bags and four suitcases, which the three had been loading into the car. Upon closer inspection, they discovered that the bags and cases were full of dagga.

They called Inspector Clem Coventry, Constable Mark Potas and police dog Mischief to help search for the third suspect, but were unable to pick up his trail.

The estimated weight of the dagga is 400 kg.

The two suspects who were at the vehicle were arrested and will be appearing in court soon on charges of dealing in dagga.

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