Clampdown on drugs

2016-02-25 06:00
Drugs and money confiscated by the Tongaat SAPS Photo: supplied

Drugs and money confiscated by the Tongaat SAPS Photo: supplied

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TONGAAT SAPS have warned people connected to the drug trade to cease their operations with the arrest of several people for possession of illegal substances last week.

The major arrests included 37-year-old Ruwaidha Muhammad who was arrested by the Tongaat Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) at her Brake Village home for possession of cochineal, mandrake and cocaine.

Tongaat SAPS communications officer Manisha Maharaj-Marie said the CPU had been investigating Muhammad’s activities for weeks after a community member reported alleged drug dealing activities.

“They observed the property for several weeks and on the day of the arrest they noticed a lot of activity and entered the property to conduct a search,” said Maharaj-Marie. “After searching the property they found the illegal substances and arrested Muhammad.”

The CPU also arrested two men, Simon Addo in the Tongaat CBD for cocaine possession and Linda Blose also for cocaine in Gandhi’s Hill.

“Both these suspects were arrested in stop and search operations to eradicate drugs from our community,” said Maharaj-Marie.

“We have made several other arrests for dagga and other drugs and we are warning people that police are taking possession and dealing of drugs seriously and anyone found in possession will face the law.”

All three suspects have appeared at the Verulam Magistrate’s Court this week.

Muhammad was granted R20000 bail while Blose and Addo were released on R5000 bail each.

Maharaj-Marie said the trio is expected to appear in court soon for the charges of possession of illegal substances.

“Tongaat SAPS commend Sergeant TM Govender, Constable Nischal Singh and Constable Keegan Mudly and the Crime Prevention Team on the arrests,” said Maharaj-Marie.

Maharaj-Marie urged residents to report drug possession and dealing to the SAPS on 0329449945.

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