Drugs: several arrests as addiction spreads inland on South Coast

2011-08-01 00:00

Drugs: several arrests as addiction spreads inland on South Coast

TWO men were arrested for the possession of drugs to the value of R5 340 on Thursday July 28 at 11.30 am by the Port Shepstone K9 unit at the town’s taxi rank.

Warrant Officer Marc Wiid and Constable Erasmus Musa responded to a request from the protection services at the rank for assistance. Two men were found in possession of eight straws containing what is believed to be whoonga and five parcels of dagga. They were arrested and will appear in court today. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said the arrests come in the wake of increasing drug abuse in the area.

“Drug abuse has already been a problem for some time in the South Coast area and it is spreading rapidly into the inland areas as well. Especially alarming is the fact that we have received reports from parents who stated that their teenage children become abusive towards them and even steal and sell their possessions to sustain their habits.”

Members of the Port Shepstone Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations recently made several arrests of drug lords in the South Coast area. Warrant offficers Abraham Sonnekus, Leon le Roux and Allan Horne were involved in the arrests of foreign nationals dealing in drugs

Three West Africans, Kingsley Anayo, Patrick Ejike Atasie and Ememaka Franklin Nnajiuba, were arrested for dealing in crack cocaine and also delivering drugs. An operation was set up by police in collaboration with a source. The source made contact with the three men and a deal was set up and crack cocaine to the value of R600 was ordered and delivered to the source.

In another case in the Boboyi area, Mark Johnson and Joseph Nnagwu, also West African nationals, were set up and arrested in a similar fashion. In both cases the accused have appeared in court.

In the Umzinto area in two separate cases West African nationals K.C. Ekejiuba and Johnson Okafor were arrested and appeared in court.

Ekejibu was arrested for dealing in crack cocaine and heroin. Okafor was arrested for being in possession of seven mandrax tablets and five pieces of crack cocaine to the value of R800.

— Witness Reporter.

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