‘Jellybabies’ drug looks exactly like sweets

2016-05-26 06:00
 Photo: SUPPLIED Some of the apparatus and ingredients used to manufacture ‘jellybabies’; a new designer drug making its way around KwaZulu-Natal.

Photo: SUPPLIED Some of the apparatus and ingredients used to manufacture ‘jellybabies’; a new designer drug making its way around KwaZulu-Natal.

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ON Friday, 20 May, a joint intelligence driven operation by the Durban Flying Squad (DFS) and the Durban Organised Crime Unit (DOCU) came to a successful end with the arrest of three individuals suspected of manufacturing and selling a new drug.

The drug is called ‘jellybabies’ and is synthetically manufactured by dealers to strongly resemble the look of gummy-sweets such as Maynards Wine Gums.

Police officials acted on information they received about three men in the possession of the drug, which prompted the joint taskforce to raid the premises the suspects were linked to.

There, officers discovered that the drug was, in fact, being manufactured at the property, which led officers to arrest the three men aged between 27 and 39.

Laptops and gas guns were also recovered from the suspects, who will appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court in the near future on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute.

Police are still investigating whether this new and dangerously appealing drug has been sold to any school children, who are likely to try it due to its likeness to ordinary sweets.

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