Couple’s goods seized

2015-11-17 10:06


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Pietermaritzburg - Cash totaling R36 569, at least 122 items of jewelry and other goods found with a local couple who admitted involvement in cocaine dealing, have been declared forfeit to the state.

The goods were seized following an operation led by Warrant Officer Mahendra Balmookand targeting the home of Terrance Moonsamy and his wife Vigie (also known as Cookie) in Jinnah Road, Northdale, in 2013.

National Prosecuting Authority deputy director of public prosecutions Kenneth Samuel said in court papers an undercover agent planted by Balmookand had been referred to Vigie Moonsamy as an “alternative supplier of drugs” during 2013.

On August 2, 2013, police went to the house with a warrant of arrest and recovered a stash of drugs as well as cash. The drugs included parcels of dagga, some Mandrax and cocaine. The police also found a variety of jewellery. The papers list several sets of jewellery including nine-caret gold rings, chains, bracelets and watches. At least one was a diamond ring.

Samuel said it is common for drug dealers to accept jewellery in lieu of payment for drugs.

Following their arrest, The couple had pleaded guilty to charges of cocaine dealing, and Terrance further pleaded guilty to a charge of dealing in Mandrax.

At least one of their “runners” also admitted guilt.

Vigie received a five-year suspended sentence plus a fine of R15 000 (or two years imprisonment) and Terrance was given a sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment (of which half was suspended) for dealing in cocaine, and six years’ imprisonment (half suspended) for dealing in Mandrax.

Samuel said the couple had stated at the time of their bail application that they were unemployed.

He said it was clear that the jewellery, cash and other property seized by police, such as a cellphone and camera, were proceeds of illegal activities.

Acting Judge Sharon Marks granted an order forfeiting the property to the state.

The state has meanwhile this month entered into three separate plea agreements arising from drug-related charges with three Pietermaritzburg men, Deon Gabagas, Kevin Govender and Christopher Naicker.

Govender pleaded guilty to one count of dealing in cocaine and one of dealing in Mandrax on August 7 this year. He was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment (under legislation that allows the sentence to be converted to correctional supervision at a later stage) and to pay a fine of R60 000 (or undergo three years’ imprisonment).

Naicker admitted that he was found in possession of 35 grams of dagga on the same date, which he possessed for personal use.

He was sentenced to a fine of R20 000 (or 12 months’ imprisonment) half of which was suspended conditionally.

Gabagas, who is self-employed in the construction industry, admitted that on August 12 last year he had sold 1,96 g of cocaine valued at R1 200 to an undercover police agent at Birmingham Road in Eastwood.

In terms of the plea agreement, he was sentenced to pay a fine of R70 000 (or two years’ imprisonment) plus five years, which were wholly suspended.

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