In a week that is believed to have caused a dent to the illicit drug trade, Western Cape police executed three major busts in two days. Western Cape SAPS management has lauded the efforts of the units involved.
On Tuesday, 04 May 2021, Narcotics Organised Crime detectives with the Namaqualand K-9 unit intercepted large quantities heroin, crystal meth and cocaine valued at R5, 4 million in the West Coast town of Vredendal. The consignment was destined for Cape Town. Two men and a woman aged 32, 33 and 39 appeared in court on charges of dealing and possession of drugs.
On Wednesday, 05 May 2021, police from the National Intervention Unit armed with intelligence pounced on two storage facilities in Westlake and Noordhoek in Cape Town where they seized 30 000 mandrax tablets and 0,435 kg of crystal meth. A 33 year old suspect who was arrested has since appeared in court in Wynberg. The street value of the drugs is estimated at R2, 1 million.
Meanwhile, Lockdown II forces deployed in Cape Town to deal with serious violent crimes descended on Wednesday evening, 05 May 2021 on a residence in Windsor, Kraaifontein where they discovered a dagga cultivating lab and an assortment cannabis products. The value of the confiscated drugs is R5, 4 million. Cash to the value of R56 000 and rounds of ammunition were also seized with two suspects arrested in the house that is also used as a karate studio.
Western Cape Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile has lauded the efforts of all members involved in the execution of the successful operations as police set their sights on serious crimes in the Province.
“The illicit drug trade is one of our focus areas as we strive to create safer Western Cape communities. Our operational plans are targeting both the runners as well as major dealers,” says Major General Patekile.