Teens arrested over R250 000 of dagga

2011-11-14 14:06

Johannesburg - Two teenagers have been arrested after police found R250 000 worth of dagga in a "mine" excavated under their shack in Orange Farm, Gauteng police said.

On Saturday police received information that piles of dagga were being kept at a house in the area, Brigadier Sam Manala said.

"Police searched [the] shack and found a mine that stored... 32 refuse bags of dagga," he said.

The two, aged 16 and 17, were arrested and the dagga was confiscated.

They were expected to appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • RokitScience - 2011-11-14 14:41

    Damn that is alot of weed, terrible to think they are in such a serious crime syndicate and they are so young...WTF!?

  • Patrick - 2011-11-14 14:47

    Is this not more evidence to support the prohibition NOT working?

  • Ian - 2011-11-14 14:47

    well if you de-criminalise the substance, it wont be illegal

      Sam - 2011-11-14 15:08

      And if you de-criminalise crime then we don't have any more problems, right?

      Mike - 2011-11-14 15:12

      No Sam Ian says decriminalize cannabis not crime and I agree, follow the Netherlands

      Fred - 2011-11-14 15:29

      No Sam. What happens is then you can get the criminals out of the business (remember prohibition?) and then tackle the social issues in a more open manner. Google and learn -

      Sam - 2011-11-14 15:39

      I know what Ian means, Mike. My point (crudely put) is, there is a reason for it to be illegal. And because it is legal in another part of the world, does not make it right. If so, then we can follow Columbia's 1994 move (and Mexico in 2009), and make possession of cocaine legal as well. And half the people in most local nightclubs won't have a problem anymore either. I mean, if it is de-criminalized, it won't be illegal, right? And would it not be nice to have a drug lord for a neighbour...

      Mike - 2011-11-14 15:46

      Stick to the point Sam I said cannabis not coke, It should be decriminalized period, rather outlaw alcohol which has no medicinal value.

      Ettienne - 2011-11-14 16:18

      Or outlaw cigarettes.... It is 10 times more dangerous and addictive than mary-jane. Get with the times Sam. The only reason it's not legal is because of 1940's propaganda and that the US was unable to effectively tax it, thus making alcohol and nicotene legal and taxable. It's all about control and money. Not everyone can ferment ALCOHOL or grow and prepare tobacco, but growing a little plant for your smoking pleasure is easy. Governments cannot control that, so they'll never make it legal. Remember, these laws were made by men with evil plans to make money. Ever wonder what God thinks of the whole thing? There's nothing evil about that beautiful plant and it is NOT addictive. It can be used for so many things from paper to oil, medicinal uses galore, etc etc. Decriminilise it!

      Mike - 2011-11-14 16:38

      Good post Ettienne!!!

      Sam - 2011-11-14 17:12

      Ettiene, don't get me wrong... Cigarettes is an even greater danger right now I agree, but only (in my mind) because dagga was outlawed. Imagine if any 14 year old kid that gave in to peer pressure and started smoking had that same peer pressure with dagga? Fact is, I have seen first hand just how dangerous both cigarettes and dagga is. So, you can have your "beautiful plant" (and smoke it). Me, I'll rather use food as my vice. PS: All you pro-dagga people, imagine your 12 year old kid smoking dagga. Why wouldn't he, if it was "de-criminalized". Because you tell him not to? Wake up and realize our kids do not do what we tell them to do, they do what we SHOW them to do. So light up, Bro, just leave enough of that zol for your kid to have his bit as well!

      Mike - 2011-11-14 17:25

      Sam same argument for cigarettes and booze.....take care of your kids

      Buzz - 2011-11-18 14:20

      @ Sam - Who said anything about promoting dagga to children? As long as dagga remains illegal there will be no access control and the children will continue to be exposed to drug dealers who have no objection to punting harder drugs. I get your concern, but the criminal penalties for possessing dagga are far harsher than the harm of smoking the odd joint.Holland is not unique in it's approach, check out Portugal's drug policy. Dagga is here to stay, whether you like it or not. Should we therefore not instead focus on education and harm reduction rather than making criminals out of people who ingest a plant that is no more harmful than caffeine?

  • renesongs - 2011-11-14 15:40

    If our lawmakers had study the reasons and the history of the criminalization of dagga in South Africa I am certain that they would be highly embarrassed that such radically racial legislations have remained on our statute books

      Vegi - 2011-11-14 15:48

      Dagga is a deadly hallucinogenic, don't bring politics into it.

      Ettienne - 2011-11-14 16:20

      HAHAHAHAHA!!! you're kidding right? DEADLY hallucinogenic?? Thanks for the laugh, you made my monday!

      Mike - 2011-11-14 16:31

      Dagga is a deadly hallucinogenic, BULLSHYT

      Buzz - 2011-11-18 14:23

      @ Vegi: According to who? There is not a single recorded death from dagga use and it is significantly less harmful than both tobacco and alchohol. What else other than politics is keeping this plant illegal?

  • Vegi - 2011-11-14 15:54

    The kids neither have the capital nor the knowhow to acquire such a huge haul. The beasly syndicates are behind this.

      Buzz - 2011-11-18 14:25

      So what you are saying is that we should legalise dagga so that the syndicates no longer have the capital or use children to traffic dagga.

  • Le - 2011-11-14 16:35

    The stash was confiscated...guess where it ends up, back in the street sold by the same cops that had it confiscated and they burn a few bags for publicity...solution, legalize it!

      Mike - 2011-11-14 16:40

      Le they burn it one joint at a time

      lukas2 - 2011-11-14 17:39

      How can it end up on the street?? Everyone smokes weed these days.

  • lukas2 - 2011-11-14 17:36

    More like R2,500,000. Zero's go missing often when estimating how much the total amount is worth... Conspiracy theory or something. Prove me wrong.

  • adrie.scheepers - 2012-02-20 10:11

    how can you make the CURE FOR CANCER illegal??

  • thabo.a.selane - 2013-03-27 13:43

    for a flippng plant?......i mean.....if it was spinach would it also be banned?......o man...this is useless

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