R20m in drugs found in upmarket Sandhurst home

2015-09-18 11:09


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Johannesburg - Mandrax tablets and powder with an estimated street value of at least R20m was discovered at a house in Sandhurst, an upmarket suburb north of Johannesburg, the Hawks said on Friday.

"The house and cottage [on the property] were used as drug labs. We found thousands of Mandrax tablets and ready-made powder left to dry to be made into more tablets," spokesperson Lieutenant Robert Netshiunda said.

A South African man, 28, was arrested at the house on Thursday night around 22:00. Another man who was also at the house managed to flee.

Police were acting on a tip-off.

"It was a tip-off which we were investigating for quite some time... We believe the people have been operating here for quite some time."

Netshiunda said the upmarket home was not furnished, and was in a very secure neighbourhood with high walls and electric fences.

He was expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court on charges of dealing in drugs.

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