The Kimberley police crime prevention team were conducting patrol duties on Thursday when they observed a suspicious vehicle on Barkly Road in Galeshewe, said Lieutenant Olebogeng Tawana.
The members flagged the driver of the vehicle to stop. However, the driver refused to stop and sped off at high speed, added Tawana.
“A chase ensued between the unidentified Lesotho national and police. The suspect was swiftly intercepted by the police on Mooketsi Street, Galesheswe,” said Tawana.
Upon search and investigation, a black bag containing 0.15 kg of dagga and mandrax tablets were found inside the vehicle, added Tawana.
The street value of the dagga and mandrax found is estimated to be worth R4 440. The vehicle was also confiscated, said Tawana.
The suspect will appear in the Kimberley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday facing charges of possession of drugs and dagga.
In a separate incident, two suspects were arrested and charged for illegal possession of dagga and cultivation of dagga plants at a residential home in Wavecrest, King William’s Town, in the Eastern Cape last month.
Police received a tip-off and obtained a search warrant for the premises where they made the discovery that resulted in the arrest of the two unidentified suspects.
Almost 1kg of loose dagga was found stashed inside a fridge, and several plants and the equipment used to cultivate the plants were seized on the premises, said police.
The value of the dagga and the equipment was estimated at approximately R20 000.