Cluster cops snag dealers

2018-02-13 06:00
The confiscated illegal mushroom plant.

The confiscated illegal mushroom plant.

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A joint undercover operation by the Woodstock police and Cape Town Cluster Task Team saw two alleged drug dealers arrested in Station Road on Thursday 8 February.

The two suspects, a man and a woman aged 23 and 25 respectively, were reportedly arrested after they allegedly sold illegal mushroom plants to officers posing as “buyers” at around 14:10. The officers paid R5000 for the mushrooms, and this amount was recovered after the arrest. The plants were confiscated. The suspects appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday 9 February on charges of dealing in drugs.

According to the task team spokesperson, Constable Lorencial Johnson, after a successful set-up by the police, the suspects drove to an arranged spot to pick up the officers and then drove off, not knowing they were being followed by other undercover officers. “More undercover officers followed the car at a distance. In order to avoid a car chase through Woodstock’s busy streets, the officers in the car managed to conclude the deal before the car could drive far and the officers got out again. The rest of the undercover officers were placed along the route the suspects would drive and managed to apprehend the suspects in Station Road where the arrest took place,” he says.

Johnson explains that the dried-out mushrooms contain an illegal substance that causes hallucinations when eaten.

Woodstock police spokesperson, Hilton Malila, adds that officers continued with the undercover operation in Lower Main Road where another deal took place in the vehicle of another suspect and 16g of hydro-critical dagga valued at R2400 was bought from an 18-year-old dealer.

“As soon as the deal was concluded the officer signalled to the rest of the team, who quickly moved in before the man could drive off. The arrested suspect appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday 9 February,” he says.

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