Drug bust biggest in CT

2016-11-10 06:01
 Police discovered 529 000 Mandrax tablets with a street value of R26.4 million in Harare.

Police discovered 529 000 Mandrax tablets with a street value of R26.4 million in Harare.

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Police believe they have made a breakthrough in the illicit drug trade in the city following the arrest of five suspects with more than R25 million worth of mandrax in Khayelitsha.

According to Saps the culprits aged between 20, 39, 40, 43 and 54 were arrested in Harare on Sunday, before midnight.

The suspects were arrested for being in possession of 529 000 Mandrax tablets.

“At approximately 23:30 members of Harare SAPS conducted an intelligence driven operation at an informal dwelling in Block 33, Harare, where they discovered an underground storage facility for the Mandrax under the dwelling,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Siyabulela Vukubi.

The seized drugs, with an estimated street value of R26.4 million is regarded as a significant blow to the drug trade.

“Once charged, the suspects are due to make a court appearance in Khayelitsha on a charge of dealing in drugs,” said Vukubi.

This was in the week were the Khayelitsha Police Cluster arrested more than 360 suspects on crimes ranging from murder, rape, house breaking, drugs and assault.

According to Vukubi some of the arrests were made as result of a partnership betweens SAPS, Metro Police and Traffic services.

. “On Friday at approximately 23:30 SAPS members were observing a Mercedes Benz that was allegedly stolen during a house robbery earlier in Strand.

As they were observing at 20 Block in Mandela Park, suddenly a white VW Jetta pulled next to the stolen vehicle and three suspects jumped out and approached the stolen vehicle. As soon as they noticed the presence of the police they started shooting and the police returned fire,” said Vukubi.

One of the suspects, a 25 year old, was arrested for attempted murder.

. In a separate incident, police arrested a 16 year old boy for allegedly stabbing to death a 15 year old school boy.

“The incident took place on Wednesday at approximately 07:30 in Harare, Khayelitsha. The boy was on his way to school when he was attacked and stabbed by the suspect and later died at hospital.

A swift investigation led to the arrest of the 16 year old suspect,” he added.

He said the motive behind the stabbing is still under investigation while the suspect remained in custody.

. Vukubi said that they also had success in vehicle theft cases during the past week.

“Police made a recovery of four vehicles after they were allegedly taken forcefully from the owners and arresting three suspects in the process.

Three suspects were arrested in separate incidents for possession of hijacked vehicles in H block, Khayelitsha as well as Spine Road, Graceland on Saturday and Sunday respectively were vehicles were later recovered,” he said.

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