Amanda Watson
News Editor
2 minute read
7 Nov 2013
7:00 am

Drug busts escalate

Amanda Watson

Thirty six kilograms of crystal meth, 2kg of cocaine, 400kg of dagga and an estimated R2.5 million worth of crystal methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine.

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These are the amounts involved in four of the biggest drug busts made by police and customs from October 23 to yesterday. And it was community involvement that made it possible for these drugs to be taken off the street.

Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela of the Soweto Police was ebullient about the 400kg of dagga recovered in Soweto. “We received information about a delivery to be made but when we arrived there the dagga had already been delivered.

“We found five bags of dagga weighing 80kg each, and a 47-year-old man,” said Makhubela. “He was arrested and will appear in court tomorrow,” he said yesterday.

“We are delighted at the commitment of the community towards fighting crime. “More and more people are coming forward which makes us happy.

“We are always appealing to the community to assist us. There is no way we can fight crime on our own.”

Police are still investigating the source of the dagga. “We do believe this person was not working alone, and with the help of the community, we will find more suspects.

“We had to find the dagga because it is killing the children in our area. Drugs and dagga are a huge problem and they destroy pupils at school. If we can stop these people, then we can help our children.”

In Fourways, Johannesburg, members of the National Intervention Unit of Pretoria and Crime Intelligence discovered what appeared to be a drug laboratory and seized narcotics with an estimated street value of R2.5 million on the basis of a tip-off.

The danger facing officers in this kind of raid was revealed when two 9mm Parabellum Glock pistols and 70 rounds of ammunition were recovered. Two men were arrested at the scene.

Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said: “The operation is a perfect example of the good working relationship existing between the various police units of the South African Police Service.

“It is also testimony to the trust that communities have in the SAPS to follow up on information about criminal activities within their neighbourhoods.”

He urged communities to come forward with information as soon as possible. “As a society, we have an obligation to protect our children and our families from the evil of drug addiction and drug peddlars who are only motivated by greed.”

The 36kg of crystal meth and 2kg of cocaine were both discovered at King Shaka International Airport in Durban and led to four arrests.