Five held in R1,7 mln dagga BUST

2020-05-11 14:00
A large quantity of dagga with an estimated street value of R1,7 million was seized at Mkondeni on Saturday night.

A large quantity of dagga with an estimated street value of R1,7 million was seized at Mkondeni on Saturday night.

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Dagga with a street value estimated at roughly R1,7 million was seized and five people arrested after police and a security company were involved in a raid at a business in Mkondeni, Pietermaritzburg on Saturday night.

The operation involving police officers from various police units in Pietermaritzburg as well as a security firm targeted a group that was intending to transport the dagga to Cape Town, KZN media spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said.

The team kept surveillance on a truck that was used to transport the dagga at a business premises on Edi­son Road in Mkondeni.

“Police observed five suspects loading dagga into the truck and pounced on the premises,” said Naicker.

He said the five men, aged between 21 and 45, were placed under arrest.

A total of 57 bags of dagga, each weighing between 30 and 40 kilograms, were seized by police.

“The street value of the dagga that was seized is estimated at R1,7 million,” said Naicker.

He said a case of unlawful possession of dagga was opened at the Alexandra Road police station for further investigation.

Those arrested are expected to appear at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

“This arrest proves that we are closing in on suspects who are dealing in drugs within our province. More arrests can be expected as operations are still ongoing,” said the KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Khombinkosi Jula.

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