Police in the Western Cape bust a major drug operation and seized narcotics worth approximately R1.5 million when they raided a house – which was the subject of an investigation into alleged kidnapping incidents – in Paarl on Tuesday 9 February, arresting one suspect in the process.
Provincial law enforcement’s efforts to rid the streets of drugs also led to the arrest of a 67-year-old woman in the same Boland town on Friday , after she was found in possession of mandrake tablets valued at around R33 000.
Police apprehend kidnapping suspect
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson FC Van Wyk said in a statement that the raid on Tuesday was conducted after information relating to numerous kidnapping cases was received.
“Yesterday morning at approximately 4:00 members of the Mbekweni Crime Prevention Unit received information about the whereabouts of suspects linked to kidnapping cases which occurred in Paarl,” he said.
“They proceeded to a house in Project 2 area and during the search, 16 tik bags weighing 1 504.43 kg and five bags of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of about R1.5 million were found and confiscated.”
He confirmed that a 33-year-old foreign national was arrested and detained at Paarl SAPS and said that he will appear at Paarl Magistrate court on charges of kidnapping and possession of drugs.
Cape Town cops clamp down on drug-related crime
Van Wyk also detailed the arrest of an Mbekweni resident who was apprehended on Friday 5 February, with the elderly woman caught with a considerable stash of pills.
“Mbekweni Crime Prevention Unit executed a search warrant at a known drug outlet and confiscated 581 mandrax tablets with a street value of approximately R33 000. The suspect was arrested for possession of mandrax,” he said, adding that she appeared in Paarl Magistrate court on Monday.
Police have ramped up efforts to stop the scourge of drugs in Western Cape communities considerably in recent weeks, and Van Wyk said that arrests had also been made in the past few days in the Drommedaris area.
“Police went to search a house after receiving information. During the search 530 mandrax tablets with a street value of R31 800 were found and confiscated.
A 35-year old foreign national was arrested during the raid and also appeared at Paarl Magistrate Court on Monday.
Suspect arrested for cannabis possession
Finally, Van Wyk said that members of Public Order Policing were able to arrest a 42-year-old male suspect from Leiden on Tuesday for drug related offences. The suspect was found in possession of 30 parcels of dagga and 31 sticks of dagga at a house in Shangani Street.
“At 19:35 members of Public Order Policing arrested a 42-year-old male suspect for allegedly dealing in drugs after he was found in possession of 100 parcels of dagga in a house in Horse Sugar Court, Leiden. All the suspects will make their court appearance at Bellville Magistrates court once charged,” he said.
“The abuse of illegal substances is one of the root causes of violent crime, and the members are lauded for their efforts to remove drugs from the streets,” he concluded.