Drug-related operations yield positive results

2018-03-08 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedSome of the drugs and cash that was recovered in a drug raid operations.

PHOTO: suppliedSome of the drugs and cash that was recovered in a drug raid operations.

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A MAN (30) was arrested in Wick Street for possession of heroin and rock cocaine with a street value of R900 000 on Monday, February 26.

An amount close to R4 500 in cash, suspected to be the proceeds of drug dealing, was recovered.

The arrest was made during a joint operation conducted by the Provincial Drug Unit in the greater Durban areas including Chatsworth, Phoenix and Verulam.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane said: “Observations were conducted at various hot-spot areas and once the members observed drug-related activities, they pounced on the suspects. During their operations, drugs such as heroin and dagga as well as a firearm were found. Illicit cigarettes were also recovered. More arrests are expected to be made,” he said.

In Phoenix, a 22-year old man was arrested after he was found in possession of 2 000 capsules of heroin with a street value of R60 000.

The suspect was also found in possession of an unlicensed pistol.

Zwane said: “While the police officers were in Chatsworth they also received information of suspects bringing in dagga from the Eastern Cape. The police officers entered the suspect’s home and found 11x50 kg bags of dagga with a street value of R300 000 in the Welbedacht area.”

Zwane said that in Phoenix, the unit acted on information with regards to illicit cigarettes in the area.

“The identified house was raided and eight cases of illicit cigarettes with a street value of R62 500 were seized. The suspect fled the scene as the police arrived,” he said.

The eThekwini Inner South Cluster Crime Combating Unit proceeded to Westcliff, Chatsworth where they conducted observations with regards to drug activities.

Police arrested another woman (30) in Chatsworth who was found in possession of 800 capsules of heroin with a street value of R10 000.

The KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa, applauded the commitment shown by the members in getting rid of drugs in the province.

“I want to express my gratitude towards the community who are working in partnership with the police in adopting a zero-tolerance approach towards the proliferation of drugs in society. The use of drugs is a generator of violent crimes and needs to be nipped in the bud,” he said.


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