No arrests after drug bust

2012-01-12 00:00

POLICE are yet to make an arrest after the Durban Flying Squad’s narcotic team seized drugs with a street value of about R1 million in Chatsworth this week, despite the fact that there were occupants at the house where the drugs were found.

Captian Thulani Zwane yesterday confirmed that no arrests had been made, but emphasised that an arrest would be effected once the forensics investigation was complete.

“Previously a person could be arres­ted if drugs were found next to him or her as it was presumed they belonged to him or her. However, that law does not work now, hence there will be forensics investigation before arrests,” Zwane said.

Shortly after the drugs were seized on Tuesday night, police spokesperson, Colonel Jay Naicker said arrests were expected soon.

Naicker said police launched an operation after they received information about drugs in the Shallcross area of Chatsworth on Tuesday night.

“Police entered a house and found a woman with her three children on the premises. The house was searched and 3 120 straws of heroin as well as 90 grams of pure heroin were found in one of the rooms. The drugs will be sent for forensic analysis as part of our investigation. Once our investigations are completed, we are confident that there will be arrests,” Naicker said.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, lieutenant-general Mmamonnye Ngobeni was ecstatic following the police find.

“We promised our communities that we will have a zero tolerance approach when it comes to drugs and we are delivering on this promise. We will continue with such operations and we urge the community to stand up with police to fight the drug scourge,” he said.

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