Ex-Bafana player Jerome McCarthy granted R100 000 bail after alleged R8.7m drug bust

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A former Bafana player has been arrested.
A former Bafana player has been arrested.
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  • Jerome McCarthy has been granted R100 000 bail in the Bellville Magistrate's Court after a shipment of 250 000 mandrax tablets was traced from Gauteng to his house.
  • The drugs have an estimated street value of R8.7 million.
  • His bail conditions state he must hand over his passport to the investigating officer and report to a police station every Friday between 08:00 and 16:00.

Former Bafana Bafana player Jerome McCarthy has been granted bail of R100 000 after a shipment of 250 000 mandrax tablets was allegedly traced from Gauteng to his house in Parow, Cape Town.

Jerome was capped twice for Bafana Bafana and plied his trade at Santos and Manning Rangers in the PSL.

He appeared in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Monday after he was arrested on Friday by the Hawks.

"A joint operation by the Western Cape and Gauteng Hawks' South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau promptly responded to information of an alleged parcel containing 250 000 mandrax tablets being delivered at Cape Town's Airport Industria from Germiston," Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani said.

Drugs

They then followed the car that was allegedly transporting the drugs, which led to the arrest of the 47-year-old.

Hani said the drugs have an estimated street value of R8.7 million.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Jerome was granted bail of R100 000.

"Bail conditions are that he must hand over his passport to the investigating officer and report at a police station every Friday between 08:00 and 16:00," added Ntabazalila.

The case was postponed to 25 February 2021.

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