Cop arrested in huge Gauteng Mandrax bust

2016-06-09 17:21
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Johannesburg – A police officer was among five suspects arrested during a R105m Mandrax bust near Vereeniging this week, the Hawks said on Thursday.

The warrant officer was arrested at his home in Bassonia, southern Johannesburg, on Wednesday morning, where some of the Mandrax tablets were found, spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in a statement.

The other four, aged between 27 and 59, were arrested at a suspected drug lab on a smallholding in De Deur on Tuesday evening.

The haul was initially believed to have a street value of R12m, but this was revised to R105m.

Recovered at the scene were Methaqualone (Mandrax) tablets, packed and ready for distribution, and drug manufacturing equipment like pressers, used to make pills.

The Hawks had been monitoring the area for months on suspicion that a syndicate was making and distributing the drug around the country.

The five would appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate's Court soon.

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