PICS: 8 arrested in Mpumalanga drug bust

2016-01-22 13:56
Drugs recovered during the raid (Supplied by the Hawks)

Drugs recovered during the raid (Supplied by the Hawks)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria- Eight men have been arrested in Groblersdal and Marble Hall for alleged drug dealing and possession of unlicensed firearms, the Hawks said on Friday.

The arrests followed a year-long investigation and numerous drug-related complaints from residents of the two Mpumalanga towns, Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Robert Netshiunda said.

The investigation included undercover police who masqueraded as potential clients and bought drugs, mostly nyaope, from dealers. Fourteen transactions amounting to over R50 000 were conducted before they were arrested on Friday.

Police raided the alleged kingpin's Groblersdal house and business and confiscated guns and money. In his house they found R70 000 in cash, a police-issue bulletproof vest, a .303 rifle with ammunition, and ammunition for an AK-47 rifle.

In the storeroom of his business they found R29 000 in cash, an R1 rifle, AK-47 ammunition, and dagga.

A total of four firearms, two vehicles and five pieces of gold were confiscated. Four of those arrested were Nigerian and one was Portuguese. They were aged between 25 and 49.

All eight were expected to appear in the Marble Hall Periodical Court and Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

They would face charges of drug dealing, possession of unlicensed firearms, possession of illegal ammunition, and illegal possession of gold.

(Photos supplied by the Hawks)

Read more on:    hawks  |  mbombela  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.