K9 officer Snoekie the dog sniffs out mandrax worth R800 000

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Sniffer dog Snoekie with his handler, Sergeant Cezanne Swanepoel.
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  • Western Cape police have arrested a 51-year-old suspected drug smuggler in Worcester.
  • The man was found in possession of Mandrax worth R800 000.
  • The drugs were found in a sealed compartment, thanks to the work of a sniffer dog.

A Western Cape man spent the night in jail, thanks to the super snout of Snoekie, the sniffer dog, who found drugs worth R800 000 in a secret sealed compartment in a van.

The 51-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday night after police officers stopped him in Worcester, said police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut.

"Members of the Breede River K9 Unit reacted on intelligence that a white Mercedes-Benz Vito van was heading toward Cape Town with the drugs, ostensibly destined for the holiday season. The target vehicle was stopped [by the officers] and searched by Snoekie, the sniffer dog, and his handler," said Traut.

Snoekie reacted positively to the scent of drugs, and police officers uncovered "a significant quantity of Mandrax tablets", said Traut.

The drugs were hidden in a sealed compartment. Off
The drugs were hidden in a sealed compartment in a van. Officers estimated the haul contained 20 000 Mandrax tablets with a street value of around R800 000.
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Snoekie dog reacted positively to the scent of dru
Snoekie the sniffer dog reacted positively to the scent of drugs, and police officers uncovered a significant quantity of Mandrax tablets.
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The drugs were hidden in a sealed compartment. Officers estimated the haul contained about 20 000 Mandrax tablets with a street value of around R800 000.

The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody, Traut said.

Traut said:

[The] man, from Welgelegen, was arrested, and is expected to make a court appearance in Worcester once he has been charged with dealing in drugs.

READ | Police confiscate Mandrax, dagga on passenger buses travelling to Cape Town

This was the second large Mandrax bust in the Western Cape this month.

On Sunday, 14 November, police arrested a 25-year-old woman after allegedly finding a large amount of Mandrax in her possession.

The Johannesburg woman was stopped by officers attached to the Central Karoo K9 Unit who were manning a vehicle checkpoint on the N1 highway just outside Beaufort West. They found 12 000 Mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of R600 0000 in her possession.


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