Suspect out on bail after R2m drug bust

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Among the equipment found were pressing machines, chemicals and cooking equipment.

A suspect has been granted R50 000 bail after he was arrested last week for allegedly manufacturing and dealing in drugs in Alrode, Alberton, on the East Rand.

Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Robert Netshiunda said they followed up on a tip-off. Although no drugs were found at the factory, one suspect, a 37-year-old man, was arrested, Alberton Record reported.

“It looked like the drugs had been moved just before our people arrived. Although only one suspect has been arrested, we are positive that this investigation will lead to more arrests.

“This is the third-largest manufacturing set-up we have clamped down on, following the factories found in Sandton and Soweto,” Netshiunda said.

Among the equipment found were pressing machines, chemicals and cooking equipment. The equipment was said to be valued at R2 million.

The suspect appeared in the Palmridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday and was released on R50 000 bail. His next appearance will be on January 26, 2016.

Anybody with information about any drug dealers or places of manufacturing are urged to contact Alberton Saps on 011-861-6800.

In a separate incident, police arrested a man following the discovery of a R500 000 drug lab in the Woodlands area of Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, last month.

Police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said when police entered the property  they found the suspect inside with his two-year-old daughter. He was unarmed and surrendered without resistance. Ebrahim confirmed large amounts of methcathinone, also known as CAT, were seized together with chemicals and equipment used to manufacture the drug.

In a video, police are seen raiding the house.

In September, an estimated R20 million worth of suspected methaqualone, which is used for the production of Mandrax, was discovered at a property in Sandhurst, north of Johannesburg.

At the time, spokesperson for the Hawks, Robert Netshiunda, said the area had been monitored for few months on suspicion that a syndicate was involved in the alleged drug lab.

A 28-year-old man was arrested during the drug bust on the property, while another suspect fled the scene. The man was charged with manufacturing and distributing illegal substances. A firearm was also recovered on the scene.

Caxton News Service

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