Ten held in Free State dagga bust

2012-01-23 17:10

Johannesburg - Eight men and two women have been arrested for possession of dagga with an estimated street value of R750 000 near Ficksburg in the Free State, police said on Monday.

Police received a tip-off about a group of people packing bags of dagga on adjacent farms between Ficksburg and Rosendal on Sunday afternoon, Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini said.

"When the officers arrived, they found them loading 31 bags onto four vehicles from both farms."

Dhlamini said the loads were supposed to be transported to Orkney in the North West. Those arrested, aged between 20 and 49, were expected to face dealing in dagga charges in the Ficksburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

  • Paul - 2012-01-23 17:55

    Now you can get it for half price at the cop shop.

      Buzz - 2012-01-24 08:49

      @ Leonard: It has nothing to do with how good the weed is. It has everything to do with how wrong the law is.

  • Zion - 2012-01-23 18:09

    Excellent cops, just what we want to see: Just so many potheads off the street plus the 8 vendors. Makes South Africa a better place to be. Give those men a case of Bells.

      Buzz - 2012-01-24 08:54

      @ Zion: Good, then you can personally pay the R 95,000+ p/person a year to keep these people imprisoned. I don't see why taxpayers should continue having to pay for the incarceration of people based on an injust law. LoL. While alchohol kills by the millions, dagga has killed no one. So yes poison that man with a bells, I'll have a much safer joint please.

      PhilipV - 2012-01-24 10:56

      Zion you are not royalty, so please do not refer to yourself in the third person.

  • sachasea - 2012-01-23 21:08


  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-23 22:36

    Come on when there are serious crimes out there... Rather criminalize cigarettes and alcohol and then control those, they are the real drugs ruining our society. Leave the stoner's alone they don't hurt anyone. Just ask the Rastafarian's Damn the man.

  • Buzz - 2012-01-24 09:16

    It's sad that we still have such draconian laws, which our police have no option other than to enforce. Here we have people creating employment for themselves and others, something that our government has yet been able to deliver. Every instance of prohibition has been shown to exacerbate every problem that it attempted to remedy, yet this senseless policy of arresting and prosecuting non-violent "criminals" continues. Now if we could only legalise dagga so that there is quality control and a regulated means of access, thereby taking a huge chunk out of organised crime's profits and limiting the access that youngsters have to hard drug dealers.

  • PhilipV - 2012-01-24 10:54

    Once again ill informed people made unjust laws, like I said before, the oil and pharma giants will take a huge stock dive if people could self medicate. Call me a pothead, please do, I live a healthier life than you do by not bombarding my body with strange chemicals found in headache tablets, sleeping tablets, flu tablets ... ok ok ... everything you buy from your local chemist. But we forget that more people die from peanuts in a year than from cannabis ... oh wait you cant die from using cannabis, but you can over dose on a simple thing like a headache tablet.

      PhilipV - 2012-01-24 12:02

      If people like Sir Richard of Virgin has enough brains to see it, then I guess we cant be wrong.

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