Western Cape police seize drugs worth R2m on N1 highway

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Western Cape police have confiscated drugs worth more than R2 million and arrested a 53-year-old man.
Western Cape police have confiscated drugs worth more than R2 million and arrested a 53-year-old man.
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  • Drugs worth more than R2 million have been seized in Laingsburg.
  • A 53-year-old man has been arrested for drug trafficking.
  • The haul included 60kg of dagga and 39 000 mandrax pills.


Western Cape police confiscated drugs worth more than R2 million in a weekend drug bust. A 53-year-old man was arrested.

Officers from the provincial traffic department, deployed near Laingsburg, spotted a suspicious-looking truck travelling toward Cape Town on Sunday at about 23:00.

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They stopped the vehicle and searched it, said police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie.

"They… discovered two bags of dagga weighing about 60.2kg as well as 39 000 mandrax tablets that were concealed in plastic bags. The estimated street value of the find, suspected to be destined for distribution in the province, is about R2.07 million," said Pojie.

Western Cape police have confiscated drugs worth m
Western Cape police have confiscated drugs worth more than R2 million and arrested a 53-year-old man.
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"Subsequent to the find that was confiscated as evidence, members arrested the 53-year-old driver of the truck, who faces a charge of dealing in drugs. He is scheduled to appear in the Laingsburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday," said Pojie.

The arrest comes as efforts to focus on major drug trafficking entry and exit routes in the Western Cape have been stepped up, said Pojie.

"Western Cape police management applauded the members for their vigilance and commitment to eradicate drug trafficking as well as their efforts to remove drugs from the streets. This arrest and confiscation will hopefully serve as a deterrent for drug peddlers that seek to transport drugs into this province. These perpetrators will be pursued, and they will face the full might of the law when arrested," he said.

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