The war against drugs continues within oSizweni, as the SAPS continue to make regular drug busts. Confiscating an array of drugs and arresting multiple suspects.
On Tuesday, October 8, the oSizweni Policing Area held an intelligence-driven operation in conjunction with the oSizweni Crime Prevention Unit.
At a house in Section D, the officers recovered 18 small parcels of whoonga and a further R300 in cash. Captain Jabulani Ncube, Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, explains the drugs have an estimated street value of R1000.
Arrested for possession of drugs, the 24-year-old suspect will now appear in Madadeni Magistrate for drug possession charges.
However, as he prepares for his court case, what is whoonga and how can you identify if a loved one is addicted to the illegal substance?
Whoonga (also known as nyaope or wunga) is a drug which is often described as a cocktail of various ingredients. While these ingredients may vary, the principal active ingredient of the drug is heroin, often smoked with cannabis.
The drug is highly addictive, and a user can become addicted after using it only once. The withdrawal symptoms of this drug are severe body pains, which include severe headaches, stomach pains and muscle spasms.
Due to the withdrawal symptoms, a user will start using more as the heroin provides temporary ‘relief’ from the pain. This creates a vicious cycle in which the user finds themselves trapped, where whoonga causes both relief and pain.
Symptoms of drug abuse include:
- Failure to fulfil major role obligations at work, school, or home
- Repeated absences or poor work performance
- Neglect of children or household
- Avoiding people or places
- Outbreaks of temper and general changes in overall attitude
- Deterioration of physical appearance and grooming
- Continual wearing of long-sleeved garments; particularly in hot weather or reluctance to wear short-sleeved attire when appropriate
- Stealing small items from an employer, home or school
- Secretive behaviour regarding actions and possessions; poorly concealed attempts to avoid attention and suspicion such as frequent trips to storage rooms, restroom, basement, etc.