Drug syndicate: alleged kingpin denied bail

2011-10-26 00:00

TWO alleged drug dealers were denied bail, but three of their co-accused were granted bail of R3 000 each by Pietermaritzburg magistrate Reard Abrahams yesterday.

Refused bail were the alleged kingpin, Sathyanand (alias Sunil) Harrichand (47), who has eight previous convictions for drug offences, and Narainsamy (alias Two Gees) Vankia (51).

Bail was granted to Ashraf Mohamed (39), Tony (alias Goondoo) Pillay (48) and a 16-year-old youth.

Abrahams said Vankia, who used two names, initially denied his previous convictions, but when it was put to him that he actually had three and that he faced two pending criminal cases, he did not deny them.

It is alleged that Harrichand headed a drug syndicate selling crack and mandrax from 1786 Erna Road, Northdale. He allegedly used runners, including the accused, to sell the drugs.

An undercover agent made 12 deals with members of the syndicate, investigating officer Warrant Officer Deon Fleming said. Many deals were transacted to try to ascertain the number of sellers, who they were and where the drugs were stored. The case was adjourned to November 29 for further investigation.

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