13 held over dagga worth R2.6m

2012-11-03 22:55

Johannesburg - Thirteen people believed to be members of a dagga syndicate have been arrested near Upington, the Hawks said on Saturday.

Captain Paul Ramaloko said they found in possession of dagga with a street value of R2.6m in Kakamas area of Upington on Thursday.

"The eleven arrested suspects, three females and eight males appeared before Kakamas Magistrate’s Court and were all remanded in custody, instructed to re-appear on November 9."

He said the other two, a dealer and his female client, appeared in the Jan Kempdorp Magistrate’s Court and released on bail.

"The dealer was released on R8 000 bail whereas his client was released on R2 000 bail, and they will both re-appear on December 3."

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-04 00:55

    I wonder how the police set the value on this dagga? Either they deal in it themsleves,(which is quite likely) or they retain a 'consultant' who is an expert on the value. Actually, one is able to obtain dagga from a police station, (in certain areas of course) free, if you have a docotrs certificate. The area around Lusikiski is lush with this easily grown weed. It is the staple 'diet' and product of the region, and has been for generations. Anyway, yes we decry drugs, and well we may, but for everyone caught, thousands continue under the noses of the police. Daga is a stimulant, and a depressant, and has as many other medicinal attrubutes, and was only banned in SA 1911. I am not saying legalise it, but if it was legal, it would not be 'expensive' or a crime.

      juannepierre - 2012-11-04 05:36

      Legalise it... For job creation if nothing else.

      Mike.ntsh2009 - 2012-11-04 07:24

      Yaya188; To obtain a street value of dagga is not rocket science. Simply multiply the retail value per gram (easily obtainable by enquiry) and multiply by the total grams at hand.

  • Njabulo Catewell Ngubane - 2012-11-04 06:59

    why a bail? ilama bail afika abulala i zwe lethu,

  • mawewe.mashele - 2012-11-04 07:05

    Just Legalise the Trading and of Marijuana-dagga because milions oe SA People are either trading it or using it.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-04 10:56

      LOL! I was in Botswana recently and at the celebrations I attended, the 'cloud' of smoke was so strong that you didnt have to buy a simply had to sniff deeply.

  • - 2012-11-04 07:46

    Good, just so much is out of circulation in spite of the value.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-04 10:53

      eh? HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF TONS is grown and reaped every is a WEED!! throw the seeds in anywhere and within weeks you have a crop....really. tut tut... - 2012-11-04 12:55

      At the cost of having a criminal record too: TUT tut, but then we are all south Africans too, tut, tut.

  • lovenergy - 2012-11-04 07:58

    A lot easier to bust a weed dealer because they don't carry dangerous weapons like coke and heroin dealers. Free the Weed!

  • Kelly Ramala - 2012-11-04 09:08

    nothing wrong with that trying to create job like myself i have got them just for smoking

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-04 10:54

      ha ha ha ha

  • shannon.wilsnagh - 2012-11-04 15:51

    Stop wasting your time looking for quick fame and go after the real drugs that are a real problem. Or maybe just leave the drugs and grow some brains as to how to keep the area a safe place. That is a good start, Hawks and SAPA. How can you not see the effort of these fat cats to protect their own industrial companies that would go down under in the green revolution. Your services are to us. Not them. We and your future grandchildren pay!

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