An escape from one’s daily routine, the holiday season offered scores of people a breath of fresh air. But while Newcastillians took full advantage of the recent holidays, it seems the South African Police Services (SAPS) were out in full force.
The Osizweni Policing area, with the assistance of the Crime Prevention unit, recently held an intelligence-driven operation. The first part of the operation saw the members of the two units proceed to a home in Section A, Osizweni. Upon investigating the home, the officers recovered 10 small parcels of whoonga.
A further 11 small parcels of whoonga were recovered from the same home, a mere two days later.
Both suspects responsible will now appear in the Madadeni Magistrate’s Court for illegal possession of drugs,
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.
Well done to the officers involved in the arrests.