Drug accused had policewoman lover

2015-12-01 11:21
Some of the drugs found in Sbonelo Mthethwa’s flat during a raid on Friday evening.

Some of the drugs found in Sbonelo Mthethwa’s flat during a raid on Friday evening. (Supplied)

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pietermaritzburg - An alleged Pietermaritzburg drug dealer and his policewoman ­girlfriend are both in hot water after a major drug bust on Friday.

Sbonelo Mthethwa made his first appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of drug dealing while his partner, believed to be an officer from the Pietermaritzburg police station in Jabu Ndlovu Street, faces internal disciplinary action.

According to Pietermaritzburg ­police spokesperson Mthokozisi Ngobese, Mthethwa was remanded until his second appearance today as he has previous cases of attempted murder and drug dealing. He said the court had instructed the ­investigating officer to verify the ­outcome of those cases before further action could be taken.

Ngobese said officers from the Crime Intelligence unit swooped on Mthethwa while he sat in his vehicle near his home in McCallum Street in the city centre just after 7 pm on ­Friday night.

Ngobese said the arrest came after weeks of keeping “intensive observations” on Mthethwa’s movements and alleged drug transactions.

After his car was spotted, officers pulled Mthethwa over and found a large sum of money in his possession, believed to be in excess of R40 000.

The vehicle is alleged to have been used in numerous drug deals, including the delivery of the narcotics.

Officers then escorted Mthethwa to his flat and combed through his belongings for more evidence.

According to police sources, ­officers found about 1 000 pills of Ecstasy and about 500 Mandrax tablets valued at around R55 000.

Also allegedly in Mthethwa’s possession was a police uniform and confidential police documents that ­Ngobese described as “registers”. Ngobese would not provide any ­clarity on the information contained in these documents.

When asked who these items ­belonged to, Mthethwa allegedly named the policewoman, his ­“romantic partner”, and also said the flat belonged to her.

“The officer is a known member of the police service,” Ngobese said.

The policewoman was questioned about the police documents and asked if she knew drugs were being kept at the property, or that her ­boyfriend was suspected of being a drug dealer.

Ngobese said the policewoman’s matter was referred to her supervisor and “internal steps are being taken against her”.

“Although we could not directly link her to the drugs, she is being charged departmentally. We are also waiting on instructions from the prosecutor to determine if she should be charged criminally as well,” ­Ngobese said.

“We are not taking this lightly.”

According to a police source, Mthethwa is allegedly a “high end” dealer who, among other customers, also sells to students from the ­University of South Africa and the uMgungundlovu FET college.

In a separate incident over the weekend, officers from the Plessislaer Crime Prevention unit and Crime Intelligence officers embarked on an operation which led to the recovery of 38 straws of Whoonga and 32 Mandrax tablets.

The drugs were found at a house in the Dambuza area.

No suspects have been ­arrested thus far.

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