Cape Town Mandrax factory shut down

Two men were arrested for allegedly operating a Mandrax factory in Strand.

Western Cape police Lieutenant colonel Andre Traut said today the men, aged 37 and 57, were pulled over in a green Chevrolet on Beach Road yesterday afternoon because they looked suspicious.

The police recognised one of the men as a drug manufacturer they arrested last year in Nyanga.

The investigation led officers to a flat in George road, where they seized containers with methaqualine and Mandrax powders in the bedroom.

“A Mandrax press (used to manufacture the tablets) and a number of punches for use in the press were also seized,” Traut said.

The powders, estimated to be worth a considerable amount on the street, would be examined by a forensic laboratory.

The men would appear in the Strand Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

“The seizure is thus regarded as a significant success in our endeavours to root out drugs,” Traut said.

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