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Combined op leads to drugs bust

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Two successful operations were conducted by Swartland’s municipal K9-unit in cooperation with police and the Provincial Traffic Department on the N7 between the R311-turnoff and the Koringberg-turnoff during the first week of October.

A combined Law Enforcement operation on the N7 resulted in a significant drugs bust near Moorreesburg on Tuesday 5 October.

An integrated Vehicle Check Point operation was held near the N7 Weighbridge which included local police, Swartland Traffic and Law Enforcement’s K9 Unit and the Moorreesburg Farm Watch. During a standard stop-and-inspect procedure, a taxi was pulled over at approximately 20:15. Further investigation led to the search of the vehicle and trailer.

Three kilograms of dagga, with an approximate street value of R3 700, and 1 005 Mandrax tablets, with an approximate street value of R50 250, were found in a potato bag. A 40-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of possession of illegal narcotics and appeared in the Moorreesburg Magistrates’ Court.

In the second operation, on Thursday 7 October, four suspects were apprehended in two separate incidents and arrested for the possession and suspected distribution of illegal narcotics. In the first incident, a vehicle, travelling from Cape Town to Moorreesburg was pulled over for standard stop-and-search. Officers found Tik to the estimated street value of R23 320 in the vehicle and one person was arrested.

In a second incident, a vehicle on its way to Graafwater was stopped at the N7 Weighbridge. The vehicle was searched and Mandrax tablets to the value of R50 000 were found. The three occupants were arrested.

These four suspects are set to appear before the Moorreesburg Magistrate Court.

“The N7 is a major artery into the rest of the country and the work we do here not only safeguards our own residents, but also contributes to the safety of communities along this route, said Joggie Scholtz, Municipal Manager. “Our sincere gratitude to all our law enforcement partners (and especially the K9 Unit) who works with us on a regular basis to ensure the safety of our roads and communities.”

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