‘Dealer’ arrested in ­undercover raid

2017-06-13 06:03
Maitland police arrested a 28-year-old man who tried to flush a cocaine stash down the toilet.

Maitland police arrested a 28-year-old man who tried to flush a cocaine stash down the toilet.

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Four men were arrested during drug raids in Woodstock on Tuesday.

They have appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on charges of dealing in drugs and possession of various drugs.

They were arrested during an undercover operation by the Woodstock police and Cape Town cluster task team that took place between 15:00 and 20:00.

Constable Lorencial Johnson, Cape Town cluster task team spokesperson, says in one incident two men, aged 26 and 41, were caught selling drugs at a house in Pine Road after an undercover officer pretended to be a buyer.

“The rest of the police officers searched the house and recovered money as well as a substantial amount of drugs,” says Johnson. “Tik, dagga and mandrax tablets were found in the house. The confiscated drugs are estimated to have a street value of R104 325. An undisclosed amount of cash was also seized.”

The operation also led to the arrest of a 35-year-old alleged drug dealer in Masikane informal settlement situated between Woodstock and Salt River.

“All possible escape routes were covered by experienced members and once the team moved into Masikane, the suspect was quickly identified by spotters. A foot chase ensued but did not last long as the suspect ran straight into officers coming from all sides.

“Once boxed in, the suspect was arrested on a charge of dealing in drugs as 76 units of unga and 42 units of tik [to the value of R5020] was found in his possession,” says ­Johnson.

A 29-year-old man was arrested after dagga was found on him when he was searched in Masikane.

. In another operation in Maitland on Monday a 28-year-old man was also arrested for dealing in drugs.

Police had followed a tip-off received early on Monday about a person who was selling drugs at an address in Coronation Road.

Johnson says the Cape Town cluster task team found the man in a back room of the house flushing packets of a powder substance down the toilet. Johnson says police confiscated the remaining packets. “The members were quick to stop the man from flushing all the packets and managed to recover some of it. It was later found that the packets contained cocaine powder to the value of R9800. Cash was also seized from the room as it is believed to possibly be the proceeds of the drug dealings,” says Johnson.

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