Efforts by the police to eradicate drug trafficking into the Western Cape yielded positive results with the confiscation of drugs stashed in a bread delivery truck on Friday, 17 April 2020 on the N2 highway near Plettenberg Bay.
Vigilant members of the police were busy with routine checks at a roadblock when they stopped a white Hyundai ten ton truck that was en-route from the Eastern Cape. Upon searching the vehicle they found a box and plastic bag containing 70 bundles of Khat with an estimated street value of R4500 behind the front seat. The police confiscated the drugs and arrested the driver a as well as his passenger.
Both suspects, aged 24 and 28 appeared in the Plettenberg Bay Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 17 April 2020 on charges relating of dealing in drugs.
Western Cape police management commended the members involved in effecting the arrests and subsequent confiscations. The arrests will send a clear message to drug dealers that police are a step ahead and they will face the full might of the law when arrested. Operations to deal with the drug trafficking on exit and entrance routes to the province are set to continue.
In an unrelated matter, a 24-year-old suspect recently appeared in the Ladismith Magistrates’ court after stolen items were found in his possession. The stolen items, which includes cellular phones, jewellery, a tablet and other personal items were linked to a burglary at a house at Koning Street, Ladismith.
Members attached to the Ladismith Visible Policing Unit were on patrol when they spotted a suspicious looking man at Peceur Street, Ladismith. The man noticed the police vehicle and fled on foot. A chase ensued and the members caught up with the man. They searched him and found a bag of stolen items in his possession.
Further investigation took the police to a house from where these items were stolen earlier during a burglary.
The suspect appeared in court on Thursday, 16 April, on charges of housebreaking and theft with an additional charge of possession of stolen property. This matter was postponed to 07 May 2020 for further investigation and the suspect remains in custody until his next court appearance.