The South African Police Services (SAPS) in KwaZulu-Natal are waging a full out war on drugs. This follows a man being arrested after heroin worth approximatively R4 million was seized at a lush residence in Ballito.
On Sunday, October 6, Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo explained the drug haul took place on Friday, October 4, during an intelligence-driven operation led by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation’s (Hawks) Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (Saneb), together with SAPS crime intelligence officers, the Durban Metro Police Drug Task Team, and SAPS Shongweni K9 officers.
Captain Mhlongo says the arrest follows the Hawks receiving a tip-off about drugs from overseas being kept and distributed from an unoccupied upmarket townhouse in Zimbali.
Allegedly, the suspect was renting another townhouse nearby the apparent stash house, while allegedly using the other apartment as a storage facility.
With a search warrant at the ready and using the description provided, the team of officers saw the 37-year-old suspect entering the rented premises. Upon confronting him, the suspect allegedly put up a struggle but was subdued.
While searching the house, the officers seized a staggering 16 kilogrammes of heroin, cash, drug paraphernalia and machinery amounting to at least R4 million.
Following the seizure, the team went to his other houses, one situated in Umhlanga and another in Mount Edgecombe. However, no further drugs were found.
Captain Mhlongo says the suspect is now expected to appear in Umhlali Magistrates’ Court for dealing and possession of drugs.
Closer to home, an intelligence-driven operation was recently conducted by the oSizweni Policing Area, with the assistance of the oSizweni Crime Prevention Unit and Reservists.
Following up on information, the officers recovered four quarters of mandrax tablets and two halves of mandrax tablets from a house in Makhanya Stand, Blaauwbosch.
The team then proceeded to a home in Section A, oSizweni, recovering one full mandrax tablet, tablet and another four quarters of mandrax tablets. A further four full mandrax tablets, one half of a mandrax tablet and one-quarter of a mandrax tablet were recovered from another house in Section A, oSizweni.
The confiscated drugs have an estimated street value of R2 500. The suspects will be facing charges and appearing in Madadeni Magistrate Court.
Well done to the officers involved in the drug busts.