Massive consignments of dagga confiscated in Ladysmith, Newcastle

2015-09-16 11:40
Police sift through a dagga plantation. (Supplied to News24)

Police sift through a dagga plantation. (Supplied to News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - Quick work by police officers resulted in two massive consignments of dagga being confiscated in Ladysmith and Newcastle on Monday.

In two separate cases, officers from both stations recovered more than R1 million worth of the drug.

In the first case, Newcastle police were doing their rounds when they saw a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the N11 highway.

The officers searched the vehicle and found 58 bags containing 2 000 kg of dagga to the street value of more than R500 000. The driver, 33, believed to be from Bergville and en route to Gauteng to deliver the drugs, was arrested and charged with dealing in dagga.

Also on Monday, Ladysmith police officers pounced on a homestead in the St Chad’s area after receiving information that dagga was being cultivated there.

On arrival, police found that a maize field had been transformed into a dagga plantation and the plants were being carefully watered and were flourishing. Police uprooted over 5 000 plants which were then destroyed.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, the value of the dagga in this case was estimated at around R500 000. “At this stage no one has been arrested but police are currently following up on the ownership of the maize field,” Naicker said.

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