Two men bust with R8 000 cocaine

2009-09-07 00:00

THE newly formed drug unit of Mountain Rise police station and the police dog unit last week confiscated cocaine with a street value of more than R8 000 and arrested two men believed to be Nigerians.

The cocaine was being delivered to a dealer in Woodlands when the police swooped.

Curt Rogers, the unit’s team leader, said the bust happened at about 7 pm on Chota Motala Road on Thursday. “We had been waiting on the N3 for the old yellow Toyota Corrolla since 8 am. At about 7 pm we saw the car and followed it until it turned off the highway, then we stopped it. When we searched the car we found cocaine that can make about 170 tablets. Each tablet costs R50.”

Rogers believes Thursday’s arrest may lead the police to the kingpin of a bigger drug syndicate in the province.

He said information will be passed on to the provincial crime intelligence unit.

“It’s a massive syndicate that supplies drugs in different cities across the province. Drug dealing and abuse in the area was getting out of control and the commissioner selected six members to deal exclusively with drugs.”

Rogers said the team works long hours investigating drug-related crimes in the northern suburbs.

“We started the project early this year and my team works undercover, but we rely primarily on tips from the public. Members of the community are our eyes and ears — only through them can we be able to stop drug abuse in the community.”

He said investigations take a long time and information received from the public needs to be verified and sources protected. The unit is managed by Superintendent Colleen Paul, who deals with the administration of cases.

The drug-busting unit has cracked more than 1 150 drug cases and achieved a 99% conviction rate in the past five months.

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