Swift response leads to dagga bust

2017-12-06 06:00
Sergeant Stanton Padayachee with the two bags of dagga he recovered from the suspect.PHOTO: Supplied

Sergeant Stanton Padayachee with the two bags of dagga he recovered from the suspect.PHOTO: Supplied

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AN off-duty Mountain Rise SAPS officer arrested a suspect last Thursday, November 23 in Copesville for possession of dagga.

The Mountain Rise SAPS spokesperson, Captain Gay Ebrahim, said at about 8.30am the off-duty officer received information about a large quantity of dagga being delivered from Willowfontein to a drop-off point in Swapo A in Copesville.

“Immediately, the member in plain clothes put himself back on duty and followed up on the information. The officer kept observation near the drop-off point for 45 minutes before seeing the person described by the informer.

“The suspect was carrying two pink carrier packets and the member followed the suspect in Swapo A,” Ebrahim said.

She said the officer then confronted the suspect after identifying himself as a police officer.

“On positive information received the policeman conducted a search of the two carrier packets which revealed loose high-grade dagga in both. The suspect was apprehended and the two packets seized.

“The suspect was then charged for being in possession of large quantity of high-grade dagga with an estimated street value of R10 000,” Ebrahim said.

SAPS Mountain Rise Station Commander Brigadier Boxer Pillay commended officer Sergeant Stanton Padayachee, who went the extra mile in the apprehension of the suspect and the recovery of the drugs.

“This type of action by police officers indicates to management and the community that there are committed police officers always ready to pounce when crime takes place or when information is received,” Pillay said. — Supplied.

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