Colonel Jay Naicker confirmed five alleged dealers were arrested after they were found in possession of drugs at Port Shepstone and Margate, both popular holiday spots for youths, especially pupils who embark on their matric holiday.
“We are being proactive by stepping up operations to target abuse of drugs and alcohol by our youth during this festive season,” said Naiker.
“The operation was part of our festive season crime combat operations to prevent trade and use of any intoxicating substances in the province during the season.
“We know the South Coast is a popular holiday destination during the festive season and, with schools and universities closing, we will find many youth visiting the South Coast for celebrations.”
During the operations, police recovered a total of 69 bags of methcathinone known by its street name “cat” or “jeff” 341 grams of cocaine, 13 “slopes” of cocaine, 28 bags of cocaine powder, 31 straws of heroin and 32 pieces of rock cocaine.
A revolver with six live rounds of ammunition was also recovered during the operations.
The street value of the recovered drugs is R619 000, KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said.
“As the festive season approaches we will be stepping up our operations to remove drug dealers from society. We know that throngs of visitors, especially young people, will be on holiday and visiting the areas where drug dealers operate,” said Ngobeni.
Naiker urged parents to also play a role by ensuring their children are not prone to substance abuse and educating them of the dangers of indulging in
alcohol at a young age.
Five suspects, aged between 25 and 63, are expected to appear in the Port Shepstone and Ramsgate Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of possession of drugs, and two additional charges of drug dealing. One suspect will face an additional charge of being in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.