The war on drugs in Newcastle continues, with local police officials hot on the pursuit of drug dealers, determined to eradicate the drug industry from Newcastle’s streets.
Recently, a major drug bust was made by Newcastle K9 unit officers, Warrant Officer Dlomo, Constable Nkabinde and Constable Ngcobo.
On January 17, the three officers arrested an alleged drug dealer dealing in cocaine in Ncandu Park. During the arrest, the officers recovered cocaine valued at an approximate R50 000.
“The cocaine is still in rocks and is yet to be prepared to be sold,” says Newcastle SAPS spokesperson Captain Jabulani Ncube.
The arresting officers are commended for their efforts to curb this form of crime; which according to the Newcastle SAPS is rife in the area.
While the suspect is now police custody, preparing to face the legal consequences of his action, just how large is the illegal drug industry in South Africa?
According to the 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy (INCS) Report, compiled by the US Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, South Africa was flagged as a leading regional importer of chemicals used in the manufacture of illicit drugs, particularly synthetic drugs.
Furthermore, it was also found that South Africa is also the largest market for illicit drugs in sub-Saharan Africa.
The report claims South American cocaine enters South Africa primarily via air to OR Tambo International Airport. A portion of the shipment is then allegedly distributed for local consumption, while the remainder is trafficked internationally, often controlled by Nigerian criminal organisations.
With crime syndicates pumping cocaine into communities all around South Africa, how can you tell if a loved one is addicted to cocaine?
Warning signs of cocaine use include the following:
- Dilated pupils
- Long periods of wakefulness
- Loss of appetite
- Runny nose or frequent sniffles
- White powder around nostrils
- Missing or being late to work
- Financial problems
- Mood swings
Newcastillians are encouraged to contact the SAPS if they are aware of any drug deals going on in their respective suburbs. By reporting known drug dealers to the SAPS, you can ensure you are doing your part in fighting the scourge of drugs.