Whoonga, mandrax: four bust

2011-11-14 00:00

FOUR alleged drug dealers were arrested in separate operations by the Port Shepstone tactical response team on Thursday.

A man was arrested at a liquor outlet in Port Shepstone with 20 straws of whoonga. After further investigation a second suspect was arrested in Clairwood with 120 packets of dagga, a bag of loose dagga and 208 straws of whoonga.

The total weight of the dagga is 374 grams with a street value of over R5 500. The street value of the whoonga is over R4 000.

The suspects face charges of dealing in drugs and will appear in the Port Shepstone Magistrate’s Court today.

Later on Thursday evening an Umzinto man was arrested after his house was searched and 199 straws of whoonga and 49 packets of dagga weighing 749 grams were found hidden in the roof.

After further investigation another suspect was arrested at his home in the same area. Forty mandrax tablets were found beneath a bed in his house.

Neville Singh and Thiru Govender appeared in Umzinto Magistrate’s Court on Friday for dealing in drugs.

They were released on R3 000 bail each and the cases were remanded to January 28.

The latest bust proves the police’s ongoing commitment to curb drug dealing on the South Coast.

In August police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid said, “Drug abuse has already been a problem for some time on the South Coast 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.”

Early in September Durban police seized 14 000 straws of heroin worth an estimated R280 000 and 786 mandrax tablets with a street value of R25 000. — Witness Reporter.

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