Men appear for R85m ecstasy possession

2014-11-05 21:06

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Johannesburg - Two men who were found allegedly in possession of ecstasy tablets valued at around R85m appeared in the Middelburg Magistrate's Court in Mpumalanga on Wednesday.

The case against Bulgarian national Valari Nikolov, 41, and Durban club owner Gregory Lyris, 45, was postponed to 13 November for a formal bail application, said Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale.

The pair was arrested on Tuesday night at the Middelburg Toll Plaza in Mpumalanga when the drugs were found in the vehicle they were travelling in.

The men, who were arrested during a joint operation by the National Crime Intelligence Unit, the National Investigation Unit, and the Hawks, were travelling on the N4 to Durban in KwaZulu-Natal at the time.

The joint operation team also arrested three other men in the early hours of Wednesday morning at a house in Westville in KwaZulu-Natal for possession of chemicals used to manufacture drugs.

"They arrested the owner of the house and two of his employees," said Makgale.

Precursor chemicals and powdered chemicals believed to be used in drug manufacturing were recovered at the house on Konigkramer Street.

Makgale said the Durban club owner and the owner of the Westville house were business partners.

"They own clubs on the famous Florida Road in Durban and in other parts of the Musgrave area in Durban.

"The drugs and chemicals are being sent for forensic analysis and, on completion of the analysis, charges will be determined and the suspects formally charged."

Makgale said the men would appear in court on Friday if the results from the analysis came back positive.

He was unable to immediately confirm which court they would appear in.

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