Four suspects have appeared in court facing charges of dealing in marijuana after police seized more than R2,1 million worth of the drug at a home and business premises in Brits.
Three accused men and a woman, including Russel De Beer, 50, Archibold Mogale, 34, Unrlrich Frits, 25, and Chane Steyn, 27, who is De Beers’ girlfriend, appeared in the Brits Magistrates Court to face the charges.
National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said police had allegedly seized marijuana with a street value of around R2.154 million after discovering the drug in De Beer’s house and shop in Van Velden Street in Brits.
“It is further alleged that during an entrapment coordinated by the police on the same day, Mogale sold 11 bags of dagga worth R50 000, to an undercover police agent,” Mahanjana said.
“Before his arrest yesterday, Mogale sold 6kg of dagga worth R35 000 on two separate occasions to a police agent.”
Mahanjana said the state had alleged that Steyn and Frits were working for De Beer at his shop and that on two separate occasions, the two had sold dagga to an undercover police agent.
De Beer was also previously arrested on November 2019 for dealing in marijuana weighing 840 kg at his shop.
“The total value of the dagga was calculated on the basis of his own price of R1500 a Gramm, which amounted to a value of R12.6 million The matter was struck off the roll in 2020 due to Covid related circumstances,” Mahanjana said.
The four suspects were granted bail. De Beer and Mogale were each granted bail of R100 000, while Steyn was granted bail of R10 000 and Frits bail of R5000.
“The bail conditions are that they should report to their nearest police station every Friday before 7pm. Mogale was also ordered to hand his passport to the investigating officer,” Mahanjana said.
The matter was postponed to 9 July 2021 for further investigation.


Presh JM Reporter

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