Court views footage of undercover operation

2014-09-16 21:38
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Cape Town - The Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court viewed video footage on Tuesday of a police agent in action to trap an alleged corrupt police official involved in drug trafficking.

The footage showed two transactions taking place, the first in November 2011 involving five grams of tik for R800, at the Nando's Chicken outlet in Grassy Park in Cape Town, and the second, the next month, involving 10 grams for R2 000, at a petrol station.

Prosecutor Simon Leope alleged police constable Ricardo Abrahams, at the time based at the Grassy Park police station, assured the agent that it would be no problem to obtain tik for the agent, posing as a drug peddler.

Abrahams has pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Sabrina Sonnenberg to two counts of corruption and two of dealing in drugs.

In the second transaction, the tik had to be delivered to the agent before Christmas of that year.

Abrahams again told the agent the second deal would be no problem, and that he would use a police patrol vehicle with blue flashing lights to stop a vehicle carrying drugs.

This was to happen while Abrahams was off duty, the agent said.

The transaction

The agent called Abrahams on 19 December of that year, and the transaction was arranged for the next day.

The agent said he was given R2 400 for the transaction, of which R400 was to be Abrahams's reward.

However, instead of the scenario involving the patrol vehicle with blue lights, the agent had to meet Abrahams at a cemetery.

The agent said: "While I waited at the cemetery, an unknown man in a white Corolla arrived and said Abrahams had sent him to give me the tik."

The man introduced himself as Linny, who turned out to be a druglord.

The agent added: "I told him I don't know what he's talking about, and I then called Abrahams who said not to worry as Linny was the main man."

Later that day, Abrahams arrived in a patrol vehicle and the agent followed him to a petrol station where Linny gave the agent the 10 grams of tik in exchange for the R2 000.

Soon afterwards, the agent met Abrahams in a side street, where he gave Abrahams his R400 reward.

The case continues on Thursday when the agent is to be cross-examined by defence attorney Dieter Oosthuizen.

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