Drug dealer’s ‘mail’ returned

2016-03-01 06:00
R10 000 worth of dagga was found in a postbox in Lavender Hill.

R10 000 worth of dagga was found in a postbox in Lavender Hill.

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A tip-off has led to dagga worth R10 000 hidden in a postbox.

The City of Cape Town’s social housing unit is ramping up efforts to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in City-owned rental housing. Last Monday, officers of Law Enforcement dealt one drug dealer a nasty blow when they confiscated the dagga thanks to information from a member of the public.

The officers were attending to a complaint at Dover Court in Lavender Hill when a bystander informed them that drugs were being stored inside the nearby postboxes. The officers investigated and found 74 dagga stoppe and four parcels of dagga. Unfortunately, they were unable to track down the owner.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security, says drug dealers are very creative in how and where they hide their drugs.

“They hide in places including crevices and cracks in the pavement, inside electricity boxes and, of course, in postboxes. So, while this find isn’t entirely uncommon, the quantity of drugs found is quite significant. Ideally, one would have wanted an arrest, but at the very least the confiscation left a R10 000 hole in the pocket of whoever that dagga belonged to,” says Smith.

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