NPA to auction criminals' cars

2012-08-16 18:23


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Bloemfontein - The Free State High Court granted permission to the NPA on Thursday to auction three cars used in dagga trafficking.

National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said the cars belonged to a former police officer, Constable Abel Pakalitha, and Pitso Mpholo.

"[Pakalitha], who was employed by the SAPS and based at Botshabelo police station, imported dagga directly from Lesotho and sold it to the public," Shuping said in a statement.

He used his Toyota Corolla and a Nissan Sentra to do so. The officer was also found guilty of ferrying dagga dealers across the Free State.

"He was assisted by his friend Mpholo [who also owned a Toyota Corolla] in escorting dagga dealers across the Free State. Pakalitha was wearing a full police uniform when he escorted drug dealers."

The proceeds from the auction would be put into the criminal assets recovery account, to be used in the fight against crime.

Both Pakalitha and Mpholo were found guilty of dealing in dagga and given suspended sentences.
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