Man nabbed with 144 kg of dagga in Camperdown

2017-03-22 12:21
A man was arrested in Camperdown on Monday night after he was found in possession of 144?kg of dagga packed into potato sacks.

A man was arrested in Camperdown on Monday night after he was found in possession of 144?kg of dagga packed into potato sacks. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg police arrested a 31-year-old man after an informant told them he would be transporting dagga on Monday night.

The man was arrested by officers from the Pietermaritzburg flying squad, rapid response and members from the Inchanga Crime Information Analysis Centre in Camperdown.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese said police had information that the man was transporting the dagga from the Eastern Cape and was en route to Umlazi via Camperdown.

He said the man tried to evade the police officers but crashed his car into a dead end near a garage on Umlaas Road. Police recovered 144 kg of compressed dagga packed into potato sacks in the vehicle.

Meanwhile, public responses to the proposed regulations to allow farmers to grow dagga to treat diseases are only “trickling in”.

Law enforcement officer at the Medicines Control Council (MCC) told The Witness responses were only trickling in, with the deadline for the public to comment next Friday, on March 31.

Sangoma Sipho Ndlovu told The Witness the conditions and R21 800 fee stipulated by the MCC for a licence to grow and make cannabis medicines ensure that only the so-called “white capital, big pharma” companies will be able to cash in on the plant “that South Africans use more than any other nation on earth”.

“I want them to allow us — anyone in South Africa who wants to self-medicate — to grow at least 20 dagga plants outside or five inside, and instead of arresting us, the police can teach people how to grow stronger plants than that weak Transkei s**t they confiscated,” Ndlovu said.

Comments on the proposed dagga regulations can be send to griffith.molewa@health.co.za

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