R4m drugs found in car

2015-08-18 06:00
Members of the crime prevention unit of the Grassy Park police found drugs worth R4m in the car of a suspected drug dealer in the Ottery area on Wednesday morning.

Members of the crime prevention unit of the Grassy Park police found drugs worth R4m in the car of a suspected drug dealer in the Ottery area on Wednesday morning.

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Grassy Park police successfully nabbed a 32-year-old man with drugs with an estimated street value of R4m.

This came after police members from the crime prevention unit followed a suspicious car in Wenger Street, Ottery on Wednesday last week.

Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says two members of the unit noticed the car in the early hours of the morning.

“Two members spotted a silver Hyundai roaming the streets in Ottery. The driver of the car sped off when he saw the police vehicle approaching,” she says.

Police managed to apprehend the suspect, who is a foreign national residing in Delft, and the car in Ottery.

“Upon searching the car a large quantity of drugs was found. These drugs consisted of more than 2kg tik, a large quantity of mandrax, dagga, a large quantity of cocaine and an undisclosed amount of cash,” Kleinsmith says.

Kleinsmith confirms police are investigating the matter and adds the suspect is due to appear in court.

“The station commander, Colonel Shawn van Wyk, commended the members under his command for a job well done.”

Grassy Park community police forum (CPF) spokesperson Philip Bam says they are elated with the work done by the police.

“The CPF congratulates the two constables on crime prevention duty who approached and apprehended the suspiciously acting driver of a car who tried to make a getaway.

“This diligence is to be applauded. These young police officials displayed their passion for policing and keeping our area safe. A big salute to these young men and others who are serious about keeping crime off our streets,” Bam says.

He adds the confiscation of drugs helps hinder drug dealing in the area.

“The confiscation of drugs is a major contribution to frustrating the efforts of drug peddlers and helps to save lives. We say this may have saved the life of at least one youngster in our community, if not many more. We commend the police on being proactive. The regular crime prevention operations by the Grassy Park police is bearing fruit and we wish to see this continue,” Bam adds.

“A lingering concern for the community is the many drug outlets in the area. We continue to appeal for action to apprehend the dealers.

“It is only when the dealers are frustrated and taken out of our area that we can have peace in our community. Gang wars are often about drug turf and any effort to frustrate the drug trade is welcome.”


Anyone with information on crime can call the police on 021 700 3940 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111. All information will be treated as highly confidential


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