Hawks seize drugs, arrest 3

2012-10-25 14:11

Johannesburg - The Hawks seized crates of methaqualone, a component of Mandrax, and arrested three men at a plot in Midrand on Thursday, said police.

The methaqualone, which is used in the manufacture of Mandrax, was seized in a raid on a cottage by officers acting on a tip-off, said Captain Paul Ramoloko. It was worth about R1.5m on the street, he said.

"Neighbours alerted police that they saw a truck off-loading crates of a suspicious substance on Wednesday night," said Ramoloko.

They arrested a 62-year-old man, his son, 34, and a helper, 33. They had been charged with manufacturing and dealing in drugs.

Ramoloko said it was believed the cottage was used to store the methaqualone before it was sent to drug manufacturing laboratories.

Investigations were continuing and it was likely more arrests would be made.

  • Andrea - 2012-10-25 14:14

    Where's that grootbek now who said "only in Boksburg"?!

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-25 15:45

      News24 name and shame,no bias reporting.Let us know who they are and where they come from.

  • keith.f.murphy - 2012-10-25 14:29

    Im sure some government cronie is involve here let them investigate the poepsakke

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-25 14:36

    Thanks to the tip off!!

      sanda.mnyazi - 2012-10-25 15:10

      The police can archive way more when working hand in hand with the community

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-25 15:13

      You as well? My cop buddies said they only supply me.

  • Carlton - 2012-10-25 14:49


      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-25 15:12

      Let your plot to a Nigerian get 6 months rent up front and then report suspicious activaties to the Hawks after 2 months. Get 4 months free rent.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-25 15:47

      Carlton - You are an epic id*ot. The fact that there is a father and a son involved means that they are most likely South African.Last i checked Nigerians don't migrate with their parents.The youngsters migrate and send money to their parent back home.Secondly Nigerian elders come from the old era and are too disciplined to get involved in narcotics talk less of doing drugs with their kids. The two men that were arrested are probably whites that is why they never mentioned their names.If they were Nigerian the Xenophobic SA media will be too happy to say so.Thirdly Nigerians don't hire helpers in South Africa because they steal a lot,that is Baas thing!

      china.aphane - 2012-10-25 15:48

      Nigerian seller and South african buyers! Demand and supply...

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-25 15:49

      Valid point, must be employed by Nigerians.

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-25 15:00

    I wonder how much of the haul will "fall off of the back of the truck" on the way to "safe storage" for disposal!

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-25 15:48

      Leave my stocks alone.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-25 15:56

    I fear for the neighbors protection!! they couldn't have just said they received a tip-off and not mentioned as said above, this people will be out on bails in no time and will be terrorizing neighbors. Ai!

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