Four arrested for African Khat

2011-02-21 20:29

Johannesburg - Four people were arrested in Beaufort West for possession of some 460 bundles of the illegal stimulant African Khat, Western Cape police said on Monday.

Four Somali nationals were arrested during roadblocks conducted on Sunday along rural routes that led into the province, said Captain Malcolm Pojie.

The arrests came after Khat with a street value of R46 600 was found in their suitcases. The suspects aged between 24 and 41 allegedly further offered a bribe to the arresting officer.

They will appear in the Beaufort West Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to face charges of illegal possession of drugs and bribery.

Meanwhile, two traffic officers, aged 22, are also expected to appear in the same court on charges of bribery.

This was after they allegedly asked a taxi driver they had caught without a driver's licence about 25km outside Beaufort West for a bribe instead of issuing a fine.

The taxi driver, who was stopped for a routine inspection, allegedly had to ask an occupant for the bribe and thereafter went to the Beaufort West police station to open a case.

- SAPA
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