Eastern Cape police seize weed to the value of R1.5M

2019-02-18 12:40
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Police officials in the Eastern Cape are keeping their streets clean of criminals and illicit criminal dealings especially after repossessing 35 bags of dagga worth R1.5M in street value.

The Constitutional Court might’ve decriminalized the private use of marijuana in 2018, however it is considered as illegal to deal or sell it outside of one’s home or even be found in possession of it outside of a private dwelling.

In a media statement released by the Eastern Cape SAPS media center, two suspects aged 31 and 27 were arrested by Indwe SAPS in King Williams Town after they were found in possession of 19 bags of dagga in the trailer of the Toyata Quantum they were driving.

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In another separate account two 40-year-old suspects were nabbed by East London K9 officials, after they were stopped for making an illegal U-turn which led to the discovery of 16 bags of dagga in black bags in their vehicle.

The recovered dagga which is estimated to be at the value of R500 000, has since been repossessed by SAPS along with the vehicle it was discovered in.

Although the quantity of marijuana consumption is yet to be declared by the government, possession of 155 grams constitutes as dealing according to the Constitution under the Drugs and Drugs Trafficking Act.

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, has commended officials on their outstanding work,

“Well done to the ground forces who leave no space for criminals. Your vigilance and dedication in pursuing the vision of the SAPS is commendable.”

All four suspects face charges of possession as well as dealing with dagga, and will appear in their local magistrate’s courts during the week.

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