Three massive drug busts in Cape Town

2012-07-27 10:40

Cape Town - Three people were arrested in separate drug busts across Cape Town, police said on Friday.

Warrant Officer November Filander said officers swooped on a warehouse in Mansell Road, Killarney Gardens, at 09:30 on Thursday where dagga and "sophisticated" equipment was found.

The dagga and equipment were valued at R20m.

A man, 55, and woman, 46, were arrested on the scene.

Police also raided a nearby dagga laboratory in Imola Street, where they found the drug and equipment worth R1m.

"Investigations are underway to determine to check whether there is a link between the two dagga labs," Filander said.

"The plants were nicely kept. Both laboratories looked like they were professionally run."

A third bust at 09:00 on Thursday led to the arrest of a man, 30, in Koeberg road, Milnerton.

He was found in possession of tik, with an estimated street value of R30 000.

Filander said the equipment found in Killarney Gardens was the most sophisticated and advanced police have ever seen.

"The equipment found in Killarney Gardens was very advanced, it was able to grow the plant at the right atmosphere. We have never come across such machinery in the province," he said.

  • jacob.siyanda - 2012-07-27 11:00

    The town will be dry for a while.

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-07-27 15:42

      They are going green

      sachasea - 2012-07-29 23:20

      "When We Grow...This Is What We Can Do" is an educational documentary concerning the facts about cannabis. In this feature length documentary we explore everything there is, from industrial hemp to medicinal cannabis use, from the origins of cannabis prohibition to the legality of growing equipment. A film by Seth Finegold and presented by Luke Bailey.

  • wesleywt - 2012-07-27 11:07

    What a waste of time. If people want to fry their brains who are we to stop them. Giving free drugs to addicts will destroy the gangs within months. I'd rather have a poor gangster who can't bribe officials than a rich gangster buying the courts.

      Havokreeka - 2012-07-27 13:21

      Cannabis actually stimulates growth of fresh braincells. Unlike alcohol, cigarettes and caffeine. Research, you need to do some. ;)

  • buzz.rsa - 2012-07-27 11:09

    What a beautiful grow op! Plants look super healthy and ready to make some fat buds. I crying shame that all these ladies will now be chopped:(

  • thapelo.rametsi - 2012-07-27 11:15

    This is a beautiful 'orchard'. If this knowhow could be used to produce food, then it will be a good innovation. I tell you these people will be rich legally. These weeds are of high quality as they are hydroponic. Imagine ifthey produce vegatables, they will beof high standard/quality. Education used wrongly!!!!!!!!

      shmoo.too - 2012-07-27 16:15

      Hydro is all chemical and i my opinion what is giving the weed a bad name. Go organic for taste, health and hi

  • safrikaan - 2012-07-27 11:17

    What is a "dagga lab". Is that where Dr Frankensense makes artificial pot? The term "dagga lab" is a media phrase that tries to put weed on the same platform as a meth or heroin lab. Its BS. -1 for the media.

      sachasea - 2012-07-27 14:35

      It's a hydroponics GARDEN not a laboratory or a factory. All of this so called 'sophisticated equipment' is easily and quickly available from shops on the internet and hydroponics shops like the one in Observatory. The sophisticated equipment is nothing more than indoor grow lights, fans for ventilation, thermometers and hygrometers to keep track of temperature and relative humidity, containers, a reservoir tank for water and growing nutrients. That and the space is all you need to start your own garden. Hardly sophisticated as the web has literally hundreds of websites for cannabis growers which show you step by step how to do everything. The knowledge is out there. This is unstoppable.

  • John - 2012-07-27 11:25

    What a waste of time. I would love to hear about the busts and preventions of real first schedule common law CRIMES. Who the hell cares about the STREETVALUE of these drugs. Your pharmacy is full of legal drugs that are just as destructive and dangerous and worse than dagga. Give the addicts free drugs to starve out the gangs. Oh there is no way to TAX these illegal drugs. Is this the REAL objection.

  • John - 2012-07-27 11:26

    What a waste of time. I would love to hear about the busts and preventions of real first schedule common law CRIMES. Who the hell cares about the STREETVALUE of these drugs. Your pharmacy is full of legal drugs that are just as destructive and dangerous and worse than dagga. Give the addicts free drugs to starve out the gangs. Oh there is no way to TAX these illegal drugs. Is this the REAL objection.

  • John - 2012-07-27 11:26

    What a waste of time. I would love to hear about the busts and preventions of real first schedule common law CRIMES. Who the hell cares about the STREETVALUE of these drugs. Your pharmacy is full of legal drugs that are just as destructive and dangerous and worse than dagga. Give the addicts free drugs to starve out the gangs. Oh there is no way to TAX these illegal drugs. Is this the REAL objection.

      jowza1 - 2012-07-27 11:30

      am i tripping or did you just post the same thing 3 times

      Matthew - 2012-07-27 12:30

      I want what John is smoking! x3 postings,lol!

      Penny - 2012-07-27 12:37

      No, jowza1, it's just an echo LOL

      Matthew - 2012-07-27 12:50

      @ Penny.LMAO!!!!

  • milton.msomi - 2012-07-27 11:28

    african weeds must be saved,because is our nature,our grand fathers herbs.please african remember a word nature.

  • bechtel.leogar - 2012-07-27 11:32

    R20 million's worth? really SAPS... those are immature plants and completely unsmokable. The market value is R0.00 Those plants haven't produced "dagga" yet...

      Penny - 2012-07-27 12:38

      LOL @bechtel.leoqar - another knowledgeable devotee :-D

      nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-07-27 13:19

      So these plants are not a drug?? Why did they arrest the "farmers"

      Gyspsydawn - 2012-07-27 13:20

      thank you!!I was waiting for SOMEBODY to realise this! so, all they did was spend taxpayers money on um ..... what exactly? Nada! well done! the mind boggles - as everyone with half a brain has said - why not go after syndicates selling crap to kids, getting them hooked and into prostitution! (must say, the plants DO look very healthy!)I dont endulge, but really, the time would have been much better spent on REAL crime! would have loved to be a fly on the wall when those guys opened those doors and saw this operation in front of them. by the way, i agree with previous comment - its not a lab, just a indoor terrarium!(hee hee)

      richard.hipkin - 2012-07-27 13:20

      Yup, no "heads"... baby plants, still can't decide if they male or female?

      Havokreeka - 2012-07-27 13:24

      How's those trees though? Would have loved to sit in that room during flowering.

  • milton.msomi - 2012-07-27 11:38

    da leaf of knowledge oh what a plant.

      sachasea - 2012-07-27 15:25

  • carvern - 2012-07-27 12:08

    One bad thing about this report is that they are mentioning marijuana and tik in the same article. Its already a disgrace that the weed is now confiscated inflating the already over priced market. Legalize it and tax it, instead of killing the pocket of the everyday blazer.

  • jaco.veldsman.5 - 2012-07-27 12:20

    I find it funny that up till the early 1920s about 90% of all effective medicine contained extracts from this lovely plant. One of the highest grades of plant protein comes from this plant, you van make cement from it, biodegradable plastic and even oil. No wonder its illegal!!! But i do agree with the arrest of the tik dude though.

      jaco.veldsman.5 - 2012-07-27 12:21

      Oh, and then after the 20s it was made illegal and classed the same as every other hardcore drug!

      pierre.cronje.311 - 2012-07-27 12:31

      You cannot even grow hemp. Believe me we tried and were stopped by our Government. Nevermind that the hemp used for textiles contains no THC. This could have created employment and created a textile industry. The anti-feeling comes from big business whose synthetic investments are threatened.

      Matthew - 2012-07-27 12:32

      Watch the movie "The Union" you wont go wrong! Mentions that at first,USA made a law that FORCED farmers to grow *Hemp and other Dagga etc. before they turned around and stuffed it all up =/

  • slritchie - 2012-07-27 13:02

    Very unfair this! Putting marijuana growers in the same boat as tik dealers is like saying that murderers and shoplifters deserve the same punishment. Get the disgusting levels of violent crime in this country under control then you can focus on the soft targets to bolster your monthly results....cowards!!!

  • marcello.adams.9 - 2012-07-27 13:42

    "THE HERB IS IMPORTANT TO US BUT ITS MORE IMPORTANT TO THOSE WHO DONT ACCEPT IT, WHY DO THESE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DO SO MUCH GOOD, WHO CALL THEMSELVES GOVERNMENT AND THIS AND THAT, WHY DO THEY SAY WE MUST NOT USE THE HERB? THEY SAY YOU MUST NOT USE IT, YOU MUST NOT USE IT BECAUSE IT MAKE YOU REBEL!... AGAINST WHAT?" - BOB MARLEY. think about it when people realize the herb kills cancer, takes away pain and make us love one another. there wont be pharmaceutical corporations, we wont need pills for every ailment and most of all WE WONT HATE TO THE POINT OF WAR!...

      Matthew - 2012-07-30 09:16

      One man once made a solution made up and composed of 100% THC (never done before) he then administered it to his mother (diagnosed with cancer) The cancer died/went away/Disappeared. But when he tried to bring his results to the USA government,they made him this day,no one knows where he is or if he's still alive.the sad part,is that now his mother (full of life again) is alone =/

  • marcello.adams.9 - 2012-07-27 13:55

    some hope...

  • andreviljoenjoubert - 2012-07-27 14:00

    Very Sad. I've always said that there is three different people in the world. People who smoke weed. People who smoked weed. And people still to try the herb. Glad to read that all the comments are pro legalize. Or De-criminalize. Maybe all the ANC cadres should get together for a toke. Maybe then they will care more for the sheeple.

  • edward.barnard.180 - 2012-07-27 14:10

    This is distraction from the main point and negative association by grouping, a clever media tactic to use on people who are too content in their ignorance to look further in to a topic. I would love to see a major, supposedly respectable, media agency promote cannabis for what it actually is; a plant with the potential to change the world. As much as the difficulty of taxation of the substance is a plausible reason for the illegality thereof, I personally believe that one of the main goals is to stop people from thinking for themselves. The law system has become childish, going “Because I said so” and “I know better” instead of using logical reasoning to instil morality in the public. Fair enough, the law is necessary for those who have no morality who would cause harm to other people if there were no consequences and the system is effective for people like those. On the same token, the system of law has also grown arrogant and faulty by those who run it thinking that they are special enough to place restrictions on the creations and provisions of nature. Natural Law beats Human Law every time in my book and it is only a matter of time before the system crumbles under the weight of that which it so desperately suppresses. There will be no need for rules of Law when personal morality rules. Good that they took down some TIK dealers as well, though the supposed street value is so low that, by my reckoning, it is either a lie or exactly what I said at the start of this comment.

      bigblu888 - 2012-07-27 14:46

      Well written Edward. Nice piece of unbiased opinion.

  • matthew.healey.923 - 2012-07-27 14:16

    I struggle to see how you can even begin to compare tik and a natural plant. Tik is a drug and its dangerous, fair enough, BUT marijuana is not. What harm possibly comes from the existence of this warehouse. It is so sad how the media portray their collective closed-mindedness by placing tik and a plant in the same category. The police act on behalf of the state, which in turn acts on behalf of and in the best interest of its citizens (or claims to). In the case of this marijuana bust the cost of this police work cannot be justified. This is merely a way for the state to ensure its controlling power over us. Fight back and grow your own weed!

  • sachasea - 2012-07-27 14:46

    If you're fed up of seeing people being victimized for using this incredible plant and would like to see what people in SA are doing to change this please have a look at NORML ZA at the two websites below. The South African Chapter of NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) is an activist network who's mission is to campaign and educate about the benefits of cannabis to society and the individual. NORML supports the right of adults to use cannabis responsibly, whether for medical or personal use. We also organize documentary screenings and other events around the country.

  • canna.binoid.1 - 2012-07-27 15:15

    Dagga "LAB"!? ...Jebus that gets me every time. How does one manufacture a plant?

  • kyledvds - 2012-07-27 16:25

    sick and tired of the system...we need this plant as human beings to be cured of illnesses that has said to be incurable..the city says it works for you...take them to court for false advertising,they weak!!!

  • davidrobertlewis - 2012-07-27 16:33

    Harm Reduction and Rational Drug Use NOW.

  • 888facebuuk888suck888 - 2012-07-27 16:41

    It is a shame our laws are politically and economically motivated. If the laws were motivated by health and well-being, then alcohol and tobacco would be illegal. Dagga has medicinal value, humans have an endocannabinoid system. Dagga laws are racist laws designed to maintain a stranglehold on rural Africans. Free dagga and the entire country will prosper from the bottom up... hemp is very easily processed and very easily turned into valuable products, our rural populations cannot grow conventional crops and compete with large multi-national farm companies. It is safer to relax with dagga than drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco - Dagga is not physically addictive, it is habitual. The continued propaganda against dagga shows that mass media is not about journalism, rather they are vehicles for manipulating perceptions according to economic needs. 3 drug busts happen to actually be 2 tik busts(drugs) and one sad attack on human rights, a beautiful green house of dagga destroyed. The stories are not related, dagga does not have victims, dagga is a mild stimulant that poses no risk or harm to an adult human. News 24 is on a par with IOL ... but we the COMMENT WARRIORS will continue to educate! One love.

  • dan.neville - 2012-07-27 16:44

    Man this just makes me upset - oh and you can buy the same "sophisticated' hydroponics equipment mentioned in this article from my local nursery... specialist equipment indeed.

  • Matthew - 2012-07-30 09:17

    Um...what the hell happen to the first 30 comments?????? Jusis News24 =/ Not cool man =/

  • kyle.berry.90857 - 2012-07-30 12:57

    sucks for the cape stoners... pot's gonna be tough to come by for a while... it's really a crying shame... such a beautiful grow to wasted.

  • PorkChopNinja - 2012-07-31 08:38

    Before you complain about how bad dagga is vissit this site first!!

  • DanielleSushiSouchon - 2012-08-01 09:56

    apparently it was only 80g and there was no equipment.. apparently it was the couples personal "herb garden" never know what to believe.. cant they go bust some serious drugs and leave the herb alone..

  • Wesley Graham Umpleby - 2013-11-06 15:01

    They clearly were spending too much time on perfecting the quality of their stock and forgot about maintaining their invisibility status.

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