Cape Town couple bust after Hawks find drugs worth more than R1.4m

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A 35-year-old woman and 48-year-old man, were arrested for possession of drugs.
A 35-year-old woman and 48-year-old man, were arrested for possession of drugs.
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  • A Cape Town couple has been arrested on charges of dealing in drugs.
  • They were found with drugs worth R1.4 million at a Delft property.
  • The drugs included mandrax, crack cocaine and tik.

A Cape Town couple has been arrested for possession of drugs worth more than R1.4 million.

The couple, a 35-year-old woman and 48-year-old man, were arrested on Thursday in Cape Town by Hawks officers.

"A woman and her husband were arrested in Delft by the Hawks' South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau. Police recovered suspected mandrax tablets inside their vehicle, and a search was also conducted in their house, where 200 grams of crack cocaine, mandrax tablets and 500 grams of tik were also recovered," said Hawks spokesperson Warrant Officer Bonnie Nxumalo.

The drugs have an estimated street value of over R1.4 million.

According to Nxumalo, the investigation is ongoing, and the couple is expected to appear in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Friday.

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The bust came only days after police arrested a 51-year-old man in Worcester, also in the Western Cape. A sniffer dog detected drugs in the vehicle he was driving, and police confiscated 20 000 mandrax tablets worth R800 000. The tablets had been hidden in a secret sealed compartment in the vehicle.

Earlier this month, 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 in the Western Cape. They found 12 000 mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of R600 0000 in her possession.


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