Umbilo pair arrested in drug sting

2013-12-17 00:00

PROSTITUTION and drug dealers go hand-in-hand in the Umbilo community, said the Umbilo Community Policing Forum chairperson Ben Madokwe.

This comes after the provincial detective drug task team set out a two-week operation in which undercover police officers made controlled purchases of drugs from a man and woman, which led to the arrest of the two suspected drug dealers in Craft Avenue in Umbilo last week.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said during the operation agents made three purchases from the suspects when they bought cocaine to the value of R7 500. When detectives swooped on the pair they were found in possession of cocaine valued at R2 000.

“Both suspects will be charged with dealing in drugs and will appear at the Durban Magistrates Court on Tuesday [today],” said Naicker.

The main suspect (33) who is a Nigerian national, was arrested earlier this year for the same offence and continued to sell drugs while he was out on bail.

His girlfriend (26), who is from Mozambique, was also arrested as she also sold drugs to the agents.

Madokwe said drugs were popular due to the increase in prostitution in the area.

“We have seen a significant increase in prostitution in Umbilo and with that an increase in drug dealers. There are syndicates that operate with prostitution and provide the prostitutes with drugs, as most of them are on drugs,” said Madokwe.

He added that in this year alone there have been more than three similar drug busts in the same area.

According to Madokwe, the drugs of choice in the area for those who live on the streets and cannot afford anything else are whoonga and dagga. However, there are varied drug choices in the area for high earners such as cocaine and mandrax.

“We have to find a way to combat this growing concern in our community and I plan to start with many campaigns against drugs. We are making progress with drug busts, but the youth need to be educated,” he said.

“With the youth being our main focus, we will be doing whatever we can to keep drugs out of our community.”

Madokwe said it was difficult to catch the drug dealers, but he hopes more arrests such as this one follow soon.

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