Noodles for drug heist suspects

2014-07-02 00:00

THE two Chinese nationals arrested in the country’s largest drug raid last week enjoy a diet of traditional dishes from their homeland, ferried in by their relatives.

The two, alleged to be master chemists in the sophisticated drug operation, remain in custody ahead of their court appearance next week.

The menu at the station’s holding cells has taken an oriental twist, as the two are not accustomed to traditional South African food on the menu. The Witness revealed yesterday that a crack team of detectives were investigating their global links after proof of their extensive travel to Asia and other African states was uncovered.

Their first formal appearance in court was both brief and dramatic, when the South African suspect, identified only as Accused Number One, refused to come to the dock, clinging to the bars in the holding cells where magistrate Wendy Robinson was forced to conduct the remand hearing.

A break in the investigation came last week when a team of detectives identified the syndicate’s kingpin.

According to a source, arrangements had been made for the alleged drug chemists to be given traditional Chinese food. “The food is always checked like anything else that is brought in. They get noodles and that kind of thing,” he added.

Their attorney, Samlal Garbaran, said that an arrangement had been made on the first day that they were arrested. Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that suspects were allowed food from visitors.

International law enforcement agencies are expected to be instrumental in tracing the ring’s bosses, one of whom is understood to have fled the country.

This week a large contingent of police are expected to shuttle the cache of drugs and equipment to forensic labs where it will be stringently tested. The official value of the illicit drugs, once weighed precisely, will be pinpointed.

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