Mounted unit makes dagga busts

2015-05-01 06:00
PHOTO: supplied

The Maluti Mounted Unit with the dagga they confiscated in Qachaand#039;s Nek last weekend.

PHOTO: supplied The Maluti Mounted Unit with the dagga they confiscated in Qachaand#039;s Nek last weekend.

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THE Maluti Mounted Unit is working hard to combat crime at Qacha’s Nek, the border between Lesotho and Matatiele (South Africa­).

Unit members were patrolling on the road between Maluti and Mafube village on Friday and made a dagga bust at the Port of Entry.

It is reported that the unit stopped a bus which was coming from the village and searched it and two men, aged 23 and 28, were arrested for being in possession of dagga.

The estimated street value of the dagga is R189 000.

“Upon searching the bus, they found a bag with dagga and asked who the owner of the bag was.

Fortunately, the owners of the bag were identified by the passengers and they were arrested­ and charged with dealing in dagga­,” Matatiele Police spokesperson Lieutenant Raphael Motloung.

They appeared in Maluti Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

In another incident, the same unit arrested four men, aged between 25 and 32, during their patrols.

They stopped and searched a bakkie carrying passengers at Bethel Cross, Kwa Sibi village in Matatiele.

“Dagga valued at R50 000 was found in the bakkie and the four Lesotho nationals were arrested for dealing in dagga. The suspects were reportedly destined for Pietermaritzburg,” Motloung said.

Two of the four suspects pleaded guilty to the charge and were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment or pay a fine of R500 each. The other are still in custody as they pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Motloung commended the work done by the unit members in both cases - Warrant­ Officer Phaphama Silimela, Constable­ Thando Sejosengoe and Constable­ Lubabalo Bakaza. - Supplied

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