Major breakthrough in fight against drugs

POLICE in the Southern Cape and Central Karoo have taken massive strides in curbing the drug trade this festive season with tik (methamphetamine) worth about R1-million taken off the streets in the past week.

In the latest incident, a Congolese man, 32, is due to appear in the George Magistrate’s Court today after he was arrested for allegedly being in possession of tik in a sting operation at the weekend.

This came a day after police confiscated tik worth about R900000 at a roadblock between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West.

Police spokesman for the Southern Cape and Central Karoo, Captain Malcolm Pojie, said it was a major breakthrough as tik was one of the most prevalent drugs being transported and distributed along the Garden Route.

Other drugs included dagga and mandrax.

Pojie said Pacaltsdorp police and the Southern Cape tactical response team had obtained a search warrant after receiving information about possible drug processing at a property in Mitchell Street, George.

“On Friday, the property was raided and police caught a man red-handed while processing tik in his room,” Pojie said.

Police also found 228 small bags of tik worth about R18000, as well as R36000 in cash.

“During the search, members also found a laptop, an iPad and a digital camera linked to a housebreaking at the home of a George police member.”

The Congolese man was arrested and faces charges of drug dealing, possession of drugs, and being in possession of stolen property.

As part of their safer festive season crime prevention campaign, police arrested a woman, 42, at the roadblock between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West on Thursday.

“She was travelling from Johannesburg to Cape Town when members of the Central Karoo dog unit pulled over a bus she was in,” Pojie said.

“Officers searched her bags and found concealed packets of tik with an estimated value of R911300. They also found five mandrax tablets.

“She was arrested on the spot and the drugs were seized.”

Ntombentsha Nxodo, of Soweto, appeared in the Beaufort West Magistrate’s Court the following day, but the matter was postponed to December 30 for further investigation.

“Part of our safer festive season crime prevention campaign is to conduct regular roadblocks and vehicle checks on the major exit and entrance routes to the Southern Cape,” Pojie said.

Meanwhile, Knysna police arrested 77 suspects for a wide range of crimes, including drug possession and dealing in liquor without a licence.

Police spokesman Sergeant Chris Spies said five people had also been arrested for driving while under the influence of liquor, and six others for drug-related offences. – Yolande Stander

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