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'Imported' dagga seeds found in bust

2012-06-09 12:34

Johannesburg - Two women were arrested after Klerksdorp police on Friday swooped on their house, which had been turned into a drug laboratory.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said the Hawks, together with the police, arrested the women, both aged 44, at their house in Ellaton suburb in Klerksdorp.

"The house had a shack warehouse which was believed to be used as an old drug lab."

He said police also found dagga plants all over the house as well as dagga seeds imported from the Netherlands and Amsterdam.

"Syringes and other chemicals were also found in the house as well as a number of gas stoves and big containers with syrup," Ngubane said.

The value of the lab and its contents was not established as the police forensic experts were still busy at the scene on Friday evening, he said.

The women are expected to appear in the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on June 11.

They face charges of possession of drugs and drug trafficking, Ngubane said.

Comments
  • Mike - 2012-06-09 12:49

    What underwhelming news.

      gregory.wellsclifton - 2012-06-09 12:56

      So you're all for drug-labs then?

      rbphiri - 2012-06-09 13:46

      Guys don't be so harsh on gregory.wellsclifton, his right! Would you still give him a thumbs down if you heard that these women are selling the dagga to primary and high school students? who some of them happen to be your kids.

  • Ari - 2012-06-09 13:02

    The plants sure look healthy . . .

      mercia.rand - 2012-06-09 14:15

      Catch 22 question. If "dagga" is imported from Netherlands, is it still called "dagga" or do we now call it "pot", "marijuana" or "weed"? *remembers when Paris Hilton was arrested during the world cup for possession of dagga, which she claimed "she didn't know dagga was weed" ;)*

      Honker - 2012-06-09 16:18

      lol Mercia!! Kinda brings up thoughts about the "sparkling wine" vs "Champagne" debate! XD

  • Pluto - 2012-06-09 13:05

    it is not illegal to possess 'dagga' seeds. they can be bought at feed merchants as the contain gla in high doses. my parrots love them.

      Ted - 2012-06-09 13:23

      By the way where is your crib? I want to pay you a visit tomorrow. I promise I am not going to be armed. I want to verify whether the owner or the parrots love the seeds more.

      rbphiri - 2012-06-09 13:48

      Let me guess, the seeds help the parrots curb bird flu lol

  • JevonMarshallJohnson - 2012-06-09 13:27

    OMG here we go again......someone's little grow op is suddenly a laboratory.

  • anotheradrian - 2012-06-09 13:28

    thats not a drug lab its a greenhouse, douchebags

      Havokreeka - 2012-07-26 21:47

      And those syringes and chemicals are plant nutrients, the cops are absolutely clueless.

  • Keith - 2012-06-09 13:45

    Why cant you leave the drug manufacture alone and go hunt the hijacking groupds arm robber and rapes ect.These drug cartels are only doing business peacefully and whoever, is giving the info the pimp should be hanged bay his stinking balls the idiot

  • arne.verhoef - 2012-06-09 13:47

    netherlands AND amsterdam? You so realise that in Holland news24?

  • Keith - 2012-06-09 13:49

    It would be better to take that dagga and issue out to all the convicts so they can smoke and be calm you idiots

  • Keith - 2012-06-09 13:53

    re the syrup they found was that those two aunties were making Ja to export to Netherlands and the dagga leaves were to give some flavour you stupid idiot cops now you wasting tax payers money .If they are found not guilty all cost should be deducted from those cops salaries for the rest of their live

  • Mo Iqraam - 2012-06-09 14:41

    did yal knw tat weed is actually a remedy for some. nah i doubt these fools realise

      sachasea - 2012-06-09 14:54

      You're absolutely right Mo. The THC in dagga has been shown to be very effective at fighting some types of cancer including lung tumours and malignant glioma (the most dangerous type that starts growing in the brain or on the spine). http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/661458.stm Dagga needs to be legalized and regulated as a matter of urgency.

      Brenda Marais Geldenhuys - 2012-06-09 22:22

      so what's your piont ?! because its a remedy you can get high??!! get real PLEASE

      sachasea - 2012-06-10 01:01

      No Brenda. The point is that people, especially but not limited to the sick and disabled, need access to this plant, which is currently denied to them. People should be free to use dagga instead of more dangerous drugs like alcohol and tobacco if they so choose. No one is harmed when people use dagga unlike is usually the case with both tobacco and alcohol. It's a matter of freedom. The freedom to choose to use whatever substance you want in the privacy and comfort of your own home so long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-10 14:07

      Brenda, do you know what your chemical medicines does to the body? I dare you, take 20 panados and let me know how it works out for you. Do you know how 'high' you can get of myprodol, and indeed how many people become codeine-dependent. Now, you want to insult a medicinal herb, which is not addictive, the overdose quantity is physically impossible to reach, and does not destroy the liver or kidneys like many, many over the counter medicines? Really lady, the corporations and mass-media(and possibly one or more dominees) have you around their little finger

  • Honker - 2012-06-09 16:15

    Since when is dagga "manufactured in a drug lab?" Funny stuff!!

      Brenda Marais Geldenhuys - 2012-06-09 22:19

      honker

      sachasea - 2012-06-10 01:03

      Dagga is grown in gardens (indoors or outdoors) like basil and tomatoes. Hardly a laboratory.

  • Glenda - 2012-06-09 17:27

    This raid means nothing! Rather report how they have destroyed the drugs, as those very same drugs that are confiscated land up back on the streets!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-10 12:38

      As long as they burn it... And invite the whole community as eyewitnesses, and you should stand really really close, so that you can see that it is indeed marijuana.

  • grant.hide - 2012-06-09 18:20

    I was just going to say, that looks like to harmless trees, not a drug lab. But then i read the article that they indeed had a lab in the back, with syrup in it. ? Anyone care to tell me how syrip can be turned in a drug? Does cat piss really make you high?

      Johan - 2012-06-09 20:23

      Shame, I think the old ladies were just making jam, the old fashion way. Now the popo/50 is all over them because their grand son has one (1) pot tree... they didn't even know what it was... oh, and that drug lab shack thing in the back is actually a dilapidated green house, the reason why its over grown is nobody has been in there for years, haha

      antin.herinck - 2012-06-11 01:34

      I refer to a recent bust where "hashish" was found in great quantities. I commented and predicted that one will find more. This may be it. ossible scenario: 1)Dutch, highly genetically mangled cannabis seeds were brought to SA. (Don't want to take away from Durb's poison etc. but there appears to be some crazy stuff out there. NO personal knowledge, won't touch the mind-fracking stuff!) 2) Reason is: the climatic conditions are ideal here. Both weather-wise and law enforcement-wise. (SA's conviction rate is lower than anywhere else where the stuff grows so well, and if caught a petty bribe will get you off.) 3) So, after reaching maturity, the plants are processed to make hashish. In order to extract the last bit of active ingredient, a solvent is used; after evaporation of this, the resulting oil is added to the gathered resinous compound to yield mind-blowingly potent hasj. 4) The pricey product is exported to whatever market in the world. (Europe, US etc.) Mega million rand business, and there will be more, I promise you!

  • Carl - 2012-06-09 21:09

    Imported wow!...I hope they sell it at Woolworths!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-10 12:33

      They'll sell a hell of a lot more food too!

  • rjlinz - 2012-06-09 23:55

    Let's demand that no more news articles about 'dagga busts' get reported no matter how large the amount. We as south africans black, white, yellow do not give a flying fuĀ£$% about dagga busts!

      Zion - 2012-06-10 09:03

      But just remember it is cool to be seen accepting the poor philosophy behind dagga. I repeat: Dagga supporters are more stupid than meets the eye. and is a handy band wagon when all is still.

  • Zion - 2012-06-10 08:01

    Dagga rokers must start going to school to learn at least something. They are like lame rabbits are always getting caught. Well, intelligence has never been associated with boom anyway. Silly fools.

      canna.binoid.1 - 2012-06-10 13:42

      Yeah... useless unintelligent people like Steve Jobs, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stephen King, Barack Obama, Richard Branson, Ted Turner, Carl Sagan

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-10 14:03

      "Looking at fires when high, by the way, especially through one of those prism kaleidoscopes which image their surroundings, is an extraordinarily moving and beautiful experience." Carl Sagan

  • Zion - 2012-06-10 08:03

    BOOM IS BAD

      Pluto - 2012-06-10 10:38

      and alcohol is good for you?

      JohanMaree - 2012-06-10 12:12

      I'm sorry but I can't believe anything you say, you're wearing a NZ rugby jersey. That just not right! I also remember a very badly written article you posted against the Bokke... Traitor!

      arne.verhoef - 2012-06-10 12:32

      Castle is BAD, but you don't see me judging you for drinking it, do you ou?

      smarterthanyou - 2012-06-10 20:13

      johanmaree I cant believe anything you say if you think 44 is old - what are you? about 12?

  • canna.binoid.1 - 2012-06-10 13:25

    "The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this." Albert Einstein, "My First Impression of the U.S.A.", 1921

  • philthography - 2012-06-14 13:52

    Utterly pathetic, two 44year old tannies growing plants is now called a drug lab ? Shame on you. What a waste of police resources and these poor woman's time.

  • nullpunkt - 2012-06-22 10:34

    Nature, as a design tool, offers insight into systems that are whole, complete, that give life, create value, allow progress, transformation and change. Hemp alone would lift this country out of its poverty/hunger/housing/medicine problems almost overnight. 17 states in the US have decriminalised it and more are sure to follow. How much longer are we going to lag behind the trend here? It's stupid to persecute people for plants, especially such useful ones as hemp, marijuana, dagga, ganja, reefer etc... it's the most useful plant on the planet. Over 25,000 different uses. plan. plant. planet.

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