The SAPS are refusing to allow drug dealers to secure a foothold within their respective communities.
This follows a joint operation by various law enforcement agencies, which took place in the early hours of Thursday morning, July 18, in Phoenix.
Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane explains the intelligence-driven operation was conducted by members of the South African Police Services and Durban Metro police in Phoenix. The operation resulted in the recovery of drugs to the value of more than one million Rands.
In a statement, Lieutenant Colonel Zwane explains how the police officers raided identified premises, which were suspected to be manufacturing drugs in Phoenix.
Three suspects aged between 30 and 48 are now in police custody. They will be appearing in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court.
A staggering total of 24 096 heroin capsules, 809 crack cocaine pieces, 1 068 mandrax tablets, one and a half kilograms of heroin powder, four bags of cocaine, 287 ecstasy pills, three two-way radios, one unlicensed firearm and various ammunition were recovered.
A further 25 buckets of capsules were also found, as well as heroin packaging equipment. Furthermore, a total of R59,419 in cash was recovered from the suspects.
Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, Captain Jabulani Ncube is now issuing a stern warning to local drug dealers.
“This is a major concern to the local police because drug dealing seems to be on the increase. Police are now sending a clear message to the dealers, that they will be brought to book because the arm of the law is long.”
Well done to the arresting officers for ensuring a substantial amount of drugs will now not make its way onto the street.