Police net R130 000 in drug bust cash

2011-12-15 21:16

Johannesburg - Seven people were arrested in three separate drug busts in Gauteng and the Western Cape on Thursday, police said.

Five people were caught when police raided a flat in downtown Johannesburg on Thursday morning and found a large quantity of drugs, the Hawks said.

It was presumed the drugs were crushed and sold from there, spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela said.

The cocaine and heroin found had an estimated street value of R2m. Police also found R80 000 in cash.

"Fifty thousand rand of this was confiscated from a suspect who phoned to order drugs during the raid, not realising that he was speaking to one of the detectives," said Polela.

He was arrested when he arrived to fetch the order. The group face charges of possession and dealing in drugs.

Another two people were arrested for possession of drugs in Cape Town.

A man was arrested on a street in Muizenburg on Thursday when police searched him, police spokesperson Warrant Officer November Filander said. They found an assortment of drugs including tik, cocaine, Mandrax tablets and cash.

In an unrelated incident, a woman collecting a parcel containing cocaine with an estimated street value of R300 000 was arrested at the Cape Mail distribution centre in Epping.

"The cocaine, concealed in a steel pipe, was posted from Sao Paulo in Brazil," said Filander.

  • Ibhubesi - 2011-12-15 22:22

    Seriously? Here in South Africa? Could this be true? I'm sure they are joking with us. Why would they arrest drug smugglers when they allow people driving around drugged and killing school kids to roam free?

  • Robbie - 2011-12-16 04:28

    Well done,But I wonder what the real amount is?

  • Kevin - 2011-12-16 07:00

    Was the R130 000 the total, or just the Police cut..?

      Squeegee - 2011-12-16 07:16

      Their float.

  • Johannvw13 - 2011-12-16 09:21

    R130k ? Shame. An xtc runner can make up to R40k in one night at a club... Legalize it.. The cops will never win the war against drugs. Live with it.

      Janice - 2011-12-16 10:28

      Its people like you who make this world the place it is! Im not even going to bother giving you the thumbs down!!!

      Pieter - 2011-12-16 14:23

      Johannvw13, What a brilliant idea! They are never going to win the war against people murdering each other as well so let's legalize weapons to be sold at hypermarkets, coffee shops and garages. Legalize rhino hunt, prostitution , rape, driving on the wrong side of the road, property seizures, theft and so on. Not to stop there we can introduce heroin availability for grade 0 up to grade 12 and maybe subsidize it for people who cannot really afford it. We can maybe even change the lotto rules so that you can win a pile of drugs instead of cash or win the opportunity to go rocket playing in the suburbs where you can see how many houses you can take out with a rocket launcher in 30 minutes. Well I got news for you buddy...It ain't gonna happen as long as there are still responsible people on the earth

      Paul - 2011-12-20 13:36

      Idiot, talk to me when you have lost a loved one to the sh*t!!!!!!!!

  • Itumeleng - 2011-12-17 03:21

    now that they are caught what is going to happen to them that is of most importance

  • masmal - 2011-12-17 12:24

    All this is what 'they' are doing. We all love commenting on what 'they' are doing.. ..what are 'we' doing about it?

  • barry.mcbride - 2011-12-17 13:35

    “Police net R130 000 in drug bust cash” LOL, a net is an open-knitted fabric with holes for leakage and may, rather conveniently, allow for some spillage of the catch into pockets!

  • Paul - 2011-12-20 13:31

    Can someone explain to me how on a daily bases; police drive past known drug dealers and even witness a drug deal taking place yet! Nothing is done about it. This has occurred on more than one occasion in the suburb that I live. They ply their trade in plain sight and nothing is done about it. So why should we praise what has been done here; when so much more can be done. Why are the police not tougher on dealers and users alike? Really if you need help I can send you pictures of it, or maybe we should start a web site that names and shames dealers.

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