Durban – Three suspects were expected to appear at the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court on Monday for alleged drug dealing, the Northern Cape police said on Sunday. Captain Olebogeng Tawana said the alleged drug peddlers were arrested during a blitz by Operation Basadi, a project assisted by crime intelligence and the K9 unit, at the weekend. Tawana said the police confiscated more than 200 Mandrax tablets and dagga with an estimated street value of R25 000. “Two of the suspects were arrested at Kimberley’s Warrenton hitch-hiking spot during stop and search," he said. "A 27-year-old man ran away and dropped more than 80 Mandrax tablets when he realised that the police were on his trail. A chase ensued and he was later arrested.”More MandraxTawana said in a separate incident, one suspect was arrested just outside Kimberley on the R31 after being found in possession of more than 60 Mandrax tablets. “The police pulled off the suspect’s car and searched it and a found a bag filled with dagga and Mandrax tablets inside the car.”He said several shebeens were raided in the Galeshewe area during the operation and the owners issued with fines for illegally dealing in liquor.Tawana said the police also boarded a train which was travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town via Kimberley with the aim of addressing crimes in trains and investigating the transport of illegal goods. More than 180 train commuters were searched and two men suspected of being illegal immigrants were arrested, said Tawana.