R100m drug bust in upmarket Joburg suburbs

2012-07-25 14:37

Johannesburg - Five people were arrested in Johannesburg after drugs with a street value of around R100m were found at their residences on Wednesday, police said.

Drug manufacturing equipment was seized in a raid on two laboratories in two upmarket Johannesburg areas, said Colonel Vish Naidoo.

"A married couple was the first to be arrested in Bryanston, where the first R50m worth of drugs were recovered," he said.

Naidoo said the second bust was made in Douglasdale, where another couple was arrested along with their domestic worker.

"Another R50m worth of drugs was recovered in the laboratory at the second home," he said.

The bust came about as a result of an operation by the Crime Intelligence Unit.

  • sasha.martinengo1 - 2012-07-25 14:48

    Brilliant work. nail these bastards

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-26 13:08

      Complete waste of time and money, should be spending their time looking for real criminals

  • Shaka - 2012-07-25 14:50

    Thumbs up to the SAPS. Here's to a drug free South Africa. Skelms are not invited!

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-07-25 18:39

      Dude the culprits are South Africans ,they were born here.Egg on your face.

  • hendriek.woede - 2012-07-25 14:53

    Couples without names, eish

      cheree.cox - 2012-07-25 15:03

      They sud \name an shame\ these scumbags

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-25 15:07

      Our Crimininal Procedure requires suspects to first appear in court and enter a plea (of guily/not guilty) before their identities can be revealed.

      keith.staniford - 2012-07-25 16:21

      Must be Government ministers!

  • cheree.cox - 2012-07-25 15:01

    Excellent work ... Get these scum an drugs off the streets ... They should be charged wit \MURDER\ coz these scum wreck the lives an families of drug users ...

  • venus.sharma.5205 - 2012-07-25 15:02

    Nomvula Makonyane is doing a fantastic job in the province,I wonder if zille is taking notes or she is busy preparing opposing papers of everything the mighty Anc is putting on the table.

      ashwin.leckram - 2012-07-25 15:22

      or under the table - whichever one proves to be more profitable.

      alu.ntsandeni - 2012-07-25 15:23

      hahaha.. how dare you talk like that about the Madam

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-07-25 15:36

      DAFT thing to say. Absolutely daft. So there is ONE Premier out of 7 that is doing her job and suddenly you've become the poster child of good governance? one word: LIMPOPO!!!!

      anton.burger.16 - 2012-07-25 15:49

      Oh Venus & poor EC dregs, we pitty you....

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-26 07:46

      yep the anc do their utmost best to sabotage the DA... fact

  • ashwin.leckram - 2012-07-25 15:19

    I suppose the arrested lot cannot be named and shamed even if they were caught in the act. Right now, until they get away due to botched investigations, in 10 years time, after repeat postponements - they remain ALLEGED.

  • napolita.kio - 2012-07-25 15:28

    Watch as the domestic worker takes the rap for most of this ;)

      ashwin.leckram - 2012-07-25 15:31

      lol. Yep. She be the mastermind.

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-07-25 15:32

    Decriminalisation = less thugs on the street, less terrorist funding, greater control by the state an income from the taxes to treat addicts and therefore less burden on the state than currently and in one foul swoop you will virtually eliminate drug related crime as addicts will have legal means of pursuing their "fix" instead of breaking into someone's house to fund it from a dodgy underworld crime leader. Look to Northern Europe, just saying.

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-26 13:09

      Well said

      Andrew2711 - 2012-07-26 16:14

      Not really, decriminalised means that it is still illegal to be in possession of drugs, you just aren't given a criminal record if/when you are caught. It would be like speeding, its illegal to speed and if you do you are punished accordingly but don't go to jail and get a criminal record (unless of course you are really speeding; but likewise, if you have ridiculous amount of drugs in a decriminalised society you are still criminally prosecuted as the decriminalisation is for personal use, not trafficking). Decriminalisation sits in between prohibition and full legalisation.

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  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-25 16:09

    Good work especially under the 'leadership' you have been under or the absence thereof !

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-07-25 16:39

    Message to potential Dope Boyz; the 5-0 finna grab yo ass for dealin that white, don say I aint told ya.

      bashin.monyela - 2012-07-26 14:29

      Look brah, I aint even tryin to hear nun o dat, so you can can miss me wit allat.

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-25 16:43

    Well done SAPS. Send them to the Far East with a consignment of whatever they are making placed in their luggage and let the Chinese deal with them. Save our courts the expense.

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-07-26 14:52

      In which account do I have to deposit money for their one way air tickets to China?

  • njabs.ngcobo - 2012-07-25 16:46

    The domestic is part of an international syndicate and is wanted in 7 different countries!!! Lol... Ok jokes aside well done SAPS!!!

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-07-25 16:49

    Well done SAPS. You have done this country proud.If they are found guilty then name them so we know who they are. Murder charges should be brought against them plus the constitution. The right to have a healthy living and to live in a crime free South Africa.

  • Andrew - 2012-07-25 16:57

    Police know exactly where a lot of these drug establishments are located but get paid to look the other way. Maybe these druggies got too high and forgot to pay the bribe.

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-07-25 18:04

      Ditto! I know of a drug dealer who would get a tip-off from one of his police buddies before a raid.

      aiazmir - 2012-07-25 19:17

      Come one. Are we naive? R 100 million of drugs in 2 garages where 2 expensive cars park. These are probably 2 small wannabe drug peddlars who probably supply their friends and acquaintances. The SAPS are throwing us a smokescreen. They are trying to hide their own involvement in the drug trade by making this sound like a "big" drug bust. Just go do the maths. The garages would together contain 1000 Kg of drugs. No ways could you fit that many drugs in a garage where you normally park your cars. This is a con job, and is a total smokescreen.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-07-25 21:26

    Don't care who they are, or where they come from. Their crime is still very serious. They must forfeit all their assets (because they're used in the commission of a crime) and they must be put away - as if for murder. Naking and peddling drugs - amounts to the same thing.

  • pearl.boasi - 2012-07-25 22:27

    I won't be surprised if Nigerians are involved. (Oops did I say that)!!!

  • buzz.rsa - 2012-07-26 08:26

    Much respect to the cops for a valiant effort. Though there will be much allround patting on the back, I think we all know that even if it were a billion Rand drug bust it really makes little to no difference. Some other drug manufacturer will simply fill the gap in the market and be super happy for the increased distribution. Peeing into the wind folks. Demand will never go away. Take the market away from manufacturers and dealers by ending prohibition. Save lives through quality control and regulated access through legal channels. Give addicts the opportunity to seek help without fear of being branded a criminal. Let addicts be addicts and criminals who are addicts be criminals. No one wants hard drugs being sold at the local Spar, but we certainly don't need them being sold by faceless and opportunistic drug dealers who have a wealth of resources and are all around us. If you support the war on drugs you support organised crime, corruption, death of innocent bystanders, gang violence, youth drug use, hypocrisy and racism. Think about that the next time you have a dop or suck on a cancer stick.

      roann.louw.7 - 2012-07-26 10:22

      well said mate i agree we need to look for better solutions like you suggested.

      jan.kotze.7 - 2012-07-26 16:06

      What are you trying to say with your the first sentence of your last paragraph?

  • roann.louw.7 - 2012-07-26 10:28

    i dont understand how one human can tell another what they allowed to consume. Focus should be put on educating people of the consequence of drugs and they should be made available legally so that it can be a substance of good quality and one will also remove the income of criminals. why would a drug addict steal if he can get drugs for cheap legally?

      veritas.odium.paret - 2012-07-26 14:20

      Maybe with pot but, legalizing coke, tick, heroine etc would just be... bad (for lack of a better word). 1. The government would profit through taxes by endorsing a law that would result in many junkies, who'd still be abound despite said educational measures in place. 2. People who're hooked on those stuff and desparate for a fix will do anything to get it including felonies. 3. Criminals wouldnt stop just because the governmen has legalised them. It's like with cigarettes, only much worse...

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-07-26 15:33

    Excellent work...well done!

  • John - 2012-07-26 19:39

    The SAPS actually fulfilled their CONTRACTUAL obligation to the PEOPLE. Well done. Let us hope the useless thugs try to follow this example.

  • John - 2012-07-26 19:39

    The SAPS actually fulfilled their CONTRACTUAL obligation to the PEOPLE. Well done. Let us hope the useless thugs try to follow this example.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-09-13 16:17

    And I work for a living, on a sober note, well done SAPS, this is a big one......

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