Sting trips up Cape Town policeman

2012-11-04 19:20

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Johannesburg - A police sergeant was arrested for corruption following a sting in the Cape Town central police station, the Western Cape SAPS said on Sunday.

On Friday afternoon, police placed an undercover agent, under the alias "James Andrews", in the cells.

A second undercover agent was sent in with a food parcel for Andrews, and asked the sergeant to deliver the parcel. The parcel contained four small plastic bags of dagga.

The sergeant, 48, was told to ask Andrews for his attorney's contact details. The sergeant took the parcel and returned several minutes later with a lawyer's phone number.

The sergeant then accepted a R100 bribe from the second undercover agent.

A senior duty officer confronted the sergeant and took him to Andrews' cell.

The duty officer then had the food parcel, in Andrews' possession, opened. The sergeant was disarmed and the marked R100 bill was found in his pocket. He was arrested on a charge of corruption and detained at Camps Bay police station.

In addition to the criminal charges, the sergeant would face internal disciplinary proceedings.

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