South Africa 30.1.2015 05:26 pm

Dagga stealing cops out on bail



Two police officers arrested for corruption and possession of dagga have been granted R2 000 bail each when they appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court in Cape Town yesterday.

Sergeant Donovan Pope (39), who is attached to Faure Public Order Policing (POP), and Constable Craig Jodamus (29), a crime prevention official at Grassypark Police Station in the Western Cape, were arrested on Wednesday after they allegedly received a R200 bribe from the suspect they had arrested and hiding 20 dagga plants they had seized from the same suspect in Wynberg, Cape Town.

It is alleged Pope, who was in company of three others members, raided a house and discovered a dagga plantation.

The suspect was immediately arrested and was made to sit in the front seat of the van while the police confiscated the dagga, police said.

On their way to the police station, the sergeant allegedly demanded a bribe, and the suspect offered R200, which he paid before he was released, police added.

Pope allegedly shared the money with the other members, and the dagga was then taken to a house of Constable Jodamus, who was off-duty at the time.

Failing to live with the guilt, the other three officers reported the matter to their commander, who alerted the Hawks, an action that led to the arrest of Pope and Jodamus, police said.

The two will appear again in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on March 12, 2015.

Acting head of the Hawks Major-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza said the arrest of these two must serve as a warning to other members who are involved in corrupt and criminal activities that their day were numbered.

In a separate incident, a 29-year-old man was arrested for possession of dagga estimated to have a street value of R75 000 in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, earlier this month.

Pinetown police communications officer Constable Phindile Radebe said an intelligence-driven operation by Chatsworth Crime Intelligence Unit led to the man’s arrest on charges of possession of dagga.

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