Police make R250 000 drug bust in Chatsworth

2013-10-28 00:00

A DECADE ago, a police sting that resulted in 5 000 Mandrax tablets being seized in Chatsworth, would have have been celebrated as a major breakthrough.

These days there are harder drugs — like heroin and rock cocaine that are more of a menace to the community.

On Friday, members of the Crime Intelligence unit together with the KwaDukuza drug team and Metro Police seized 5 000 mandrax tablets worth R250 000.

While not taking away from the police’s efforts in targeting the Mandrax dealers, anti-drug campaigner Sam Pillay said he was very worried about the distribution of sugars, dagga and rock in Chatsworth.

“The discovery of mandrax in the Bayview region is not of great concern as we do not see much of this type of drug in Chatsworth. We should place more focus on dealing with sugars taking over the region,” he said.

“Since Mandrax is not prevalent in Chatsworth, the drug dealer may have wanted to re-introduce the drug to the public. Drug dealers tend to chop and change the drugs they supply and this may have been another way to make it popular again.”

According to Pillay, Mandrax was largely considered as the drug of choice more than 10 years ago.

“The area of Bayview is one of the most drug-infested areas.

“You would find at least five to six drug dealers just a stone’s throw away from each other,” said Pillay.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said police had received a tip-off about the Mandrax.

“The Crime Intelligence team worked on the information and they identified the suspected drug dealer and the flat which he resides in.”

“An operational team was mobilised and the members proceeded to the suspect’s house. The suspect was not present at his home when the police arrived. His house was searched and the drugs were found in a nearby bush,” said Zwane. According to Zwane, the suspect is known to the police, however, no arrests have been made and investigations are still on-going.

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