Hibberdene police seize 66 kg of dagga on N2

2011-04-01 00:00

THE driver of a taxi and its conductor had an unwelcome surprise when they were pulled over and arrested for transporting about 66 kg of marijuana on Wednesday afternoon.

The arrests were made on the N2 freeway near Hibberdene.

A police report confirmed that the street value of the confiscated narcotics is about R95 000.

At about 4 pm on Wednesday, members of the crime prevention unit in Hibberdene responded to a tip-off and moved to a point on the freeway where they waited for the minibus, which had been described to them.

They did not have to wait long before they spotted the taxi, which had an EC registration plate and was travelling north.

The officers ordered the driver to pull off the road.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid of the SAPF corporate communications unit confirmed that there were 20 passengers on board, some of them young children.

“Upon searching the taxi, the officers discovered several bags containing dagga in the back section of the vehicle,” she said. “The driver of the vehicle and the conductor were both arrested and taken to the Hibberdene police station.”

After questioning it was discovered that the taxi was on its way from Lusikisiki to Inanda near Durban.

The minibus was impounded and will be the subject of further investigation.

Wiid said that the fact that children were present in the taxi made the situation even more worrying.

“What is especially disturbing is the fact that small children were exposed to the distinct, strong and nauseating smell of dagga while travelling such a long distance,” she said.

“We want to send out a clear message that police on the South Coast have declared war against drug dealers and are committed to remove them from our communities.”

Wiid added that the officers involved in the arrests should be congratulated.

“They worked swiftly and professionally and this has resulted in a large amount of drugs been taken off the streets,” she said.

“Their work should be commended and serve as an example to other police officers.”

The suspects appeared in the Hibberdene Magistrate’s Court yesterday and are facing charges of dealing in marijuana.

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