Woodstock police pounced on an alleged drug peddler in Pine Road in a surprise arrest on Tuesday (7 February). Police spokesperson, Sergeant Hilton Malila, says in operations aimed at tackling well-known drug houses in the precinct, officers of the Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) first raided a property at 13 Pine Road where they arrested a 22-year-old woman found in possession of 27 mandrax tablets. “It is believed that the drugs were shifted to this address after multiple confiscations at the known drug house at 5 Pine Road.” Malila says officers outsmarted those peddling drugs in the street by returning to search 5 Pine Road an hour later. “Within an hour officers returned and swooped in on the main drug outlet at 5 Pine Road. They used the element of surprise as they thought the suspects would think that police would not return after the first catch.” At this house they found tik with an estimated street value of R25 000 and arrested a 31-year-old woman. Malila says this woman is believed to be the main drug supplier in the street. “Keep on squeezing the drug dealers in Woodstock and clean our streets," said station commander Colonel Dumizweni Ntsezo as he applauded officers for their efforts.