Five suspects in drug cases denied bail

2017-10-25 06:01

Five suspects in a drug case, arrested recently in Batho and Phahameng in Bloemfontein, remain behind bars after having been denied bail.

The suspects are the Nigerian nationals Charles Uganda (39), Uzokhukwa Nkachukwu (28), Madueka Onyeka (41) and Kosisochakwu Enuma (26), as well as Joyce Mangate (61), a South African.

Uganda, Nkachukwu and Mangate are set to reappear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday (01/11) and Thursday (02/11) on charges of dealing in and manufacturing drugs.

They were captured early in September at a house in Likate Street in Phahameng after the police had discovered the clandestine drug production of methcathinone (cat), metha-mphetamine and assorted chemicals estimated to be worth R500 000.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, the Hawks spokesperson, said processed drugs such as cat, as well as other chemicals confirmed by forensic analysts to be those used to manufacture cat, were found. He said two vehicles have been confiscated and surrendered to the state pending the investigation.

According to police findings, Mangate is the owner of the house in which the drug laboratory had been set up. The two suspected drug dealers, Uganda and Nkachukwu, had apparently utilised the room without the knowledge of the elderly Mangate. Initial findings by the police indicate that the suspects had managed to access the house on the basis of having a relationship with Mangate’s granddaughter.

The other two Nigerians, Onyeka and Enuma, face charges of dealing in drugs.

They were arrested on 13 October in separate houses in Sekgupi Square and Makgatho Street in Batho.

The two men first appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 17 October.


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