Cape Christmas drug busts - 8 held
Cape Town - Eight people were arrested separately for possession of drugs in the Mitchells Plain area over the Christmas weekend, Western Cape police said on Monday.
Most of those arrested were found in possession of tik, said Warrant Officer November Filander.
He said the most recent arrest was on Sunday in Lentegeur, when a man, aged 38, was arrested in possession of 60 packets of tik.
On Saturday, a 20-year-old - who was found in possession of 181 packets of tik - was one of four arrested in the vicinity of Mitchells Plain.
On the same day, a 27-year-old man was arrested after being found with 31 packets of tik on him. Another man was found with 16 packets of tik. A 51-year-old was arrested after being found with 16 stoppe of dagga.
Stoppe are small sections of dagga which have been wrapped tightly in newspaper.
Meanwhile, on Friday, a 52-year-old man was arrested for being in possession of 114 mandrax tablets in Tafelsig.
Another man was arrested in possession of six packets of tik, while a third was caught by police in possession of two packets of tik and three packets of heroin.
Filander said that all the arrests took place as a result of police stop and search operations.
The arrested will appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.
Filander said the total street value of the drugs seized was still to be determined.
Tik - as the drug methamphetamine is commonly known - has been a particular problem in the Western Cape.
There is an ongoing case in the Beaufort West Magistrate's Court in connection with a man found earlier this year in possession of tik with an estimated street value of R13m.
In September a woman was arrested in Beaufort West with tik worth R2.4m.
Also in September, three people were arrested when a tik laboratory was discovered at a house in Milnerton.
In August, 22 people were arrested for drug possession in Mitchells Plain.