Cops stop to help, find weed

2011-09-26 00:00

MARGATE police found about 300 kg of dagga by chance on Thursday when two officers, who were travelling from Ezinqoleni towards Port Shepstone, stopped to assist a vehicle with a flat tyre on the Harding main road.

“Our members stopped to assist the motorist,” said police spokesperson Sergeant Phumzile Makaula. “However, when the two male occupants saw the police vehicle slowing down they immediately got up and fled.”

Makaula said the officers searched the abandoned vehicle and found six 50 kg wheat bags stuffed to capacity with dagga.

The bags bore special markings.

“The dagga is still to be weighed and valued, but its estimated street value is well over R400 000,” Makaula said.

The vehicle was traced back to an owner in Pietermaritzburg.

The case is being investigated by Port Shepstone’s directorate of priority crime investigation unit (DPCI).

No arrests have been made yet.

The Witness last month quoted police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid as saying drug abuse is increasing on the South Coast and spreading rapidly to the inland areas.

The DPCI unit has had success in combating drug trafficking in sting operations that have led to the arrest of several drug lords.

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