45-year-old suspect arrested for operating a hydroponic laboratory of cannabis – Western Cape

45-year-old suspect arrested for operating a hydroponic laboratory of cannabis - Western Cape

The National Intervention Unit arrested a 45-year-old suspect for operating a hydroponic laboratory of cannabis in Mataliep yesterday.

The team followed up on information about a clandestine hydroponic cannabis laboratory at a house in Mitchells Plain area just before 13h00 pm. The resultant search of the premises uncovered a fully-fledged makeshift laboratory with cannabis plants housed in a ventilated tent with lights.

Paraphernalia which included powder, syringes, glass bottles containing Cannabidiol (CBD) oil as well as capsules with an estimated street value of R80 000-00 were seized for further investigation.

The case has been handed over to the Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau for further investigation. Meanwhile the detained suspect is due to appear in the Mitchells Plain Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 04 June 2021 for dealing in drugs.