Domestic violence complaint leads to dagga plantation bust

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A man, 31, and woman, 26, have been arrested after police responded to a domestic violence complaint and instead discovered a dagga plantation in their house in Florida, on the West Rand.

Florida police spokesperson Lydia Dikolomela said police responded to the domestic violence complaint. When they questioned the couple about the complaint, the pregnant woman allegedly told them her boyfriend was growing dagga inside the house, Roodepoort Record reported.

“Police searched two rooms and discovered fully-fledged dagga laboratories. A third room was being turned into another green room in the massive, dilapidated upmarket house on Kenya Road,” added Dikolomela.

“One of the bathrooms tubs was used as a storage space for compost and manure used to feed the dagga plants. Seedlings were also being fed compost in one of the laboratories and even on the kitchen counter and the patio,” she said.

The couple were renting the property, and it is alleged the owner knew about the dagga plantation, Dikolomela said. She said police could not yet confirm the street value of the plants, as the forensic investigation unit was expected to arrive at the scene.

The couple have been arrested and charged for dealing in drugs and possession of drugs.

In a separate incident, a tip-off led to the seizure of more than R300 000 worth of dagga at a plantation in Highveld, Centurion, in Gauteng in February.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Hero Gumbu said police recovered three bakkies full of dagga when they raided the plantation. Police received information and visited the scene.

“We were notified to come and assist in removing the dagga. There was a lot of dagga, and we assisted in transporting it to Brooklyn Police Station,” Orange Fox Security spokesperson Andre Hills said.

Caxton News Service

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