Alleged drug ring members denied bail

2013-11-08 00:00

SEVEN alleged members of a Pietermaritzburg drug ring operating from two houses in Northdale where cocaine was allegedly sold, have been denied bail.

Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ashin Singh said he was aware that the accused were not yet on trial and that only the trial court would decide if they are guilty or not.

However, it seemed from evidence led during the bail application that the state’s case against all the accused was strong.

It was also evident that drugs were bought and sold at the two houses where all the accused live — numbers 4 and 26 Mars Crescent — for a number of years.

The state has elevated the charges facing the accused, from drug trafficking to the more serious charge of racketeering, which would attract severe sentences if the accused are convicted, and might induce them to evade their trial, said Singh.

The state alleges the drug enterprise in question was controlled by Northdale couple, Yasmin and Hoosen Mohamed.

Their co-accused Norman Govender, Kubashen Nelson, Tony Ramthew, Azam Ismail and Suleman Sheik are alleged to be “drug runners”.

Singh found that if the accused were granted bail the public confidence in the criminal justice system would be undermined.

He also accepted a submission by state prosecutor, Khumbu Shazi that state witnesses would be at risk if the accused were released.

Shazi told the court that the state did not want to reveal the names of specific witnesses who were said to be “very close” to the accused.

Mountain Rise drugs squad investigator Mahendra Balmookan said in an affidavit filed in opposition to bail, that numerous members of the public had signed petitions indicating their frustration with drugs in the community and expressed opposition to the accused getting bail.

Mohamed and their co-accused were arrested in August during a series of raids conducted by police following a four-month-long undercover operation.

Between October 2012 and February 2013, undercover police agents had bought various amounts of cocaine from the accused on 11 separate occasions.

Yasmin and Hoosen Mohamed were described as the “kingpins” of the trafficking syndicate.

The case was adjourned to November 15.

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