Western Cape police bust man with drugs worth R3.7m

The police have arrested a 60-year-old man after he was found in possession of heroin worth about R3.7-million on the weighbridge in the Western Cape.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Wesley Twigg said the man was nabbed at the weekend when members of Operation Restore along with traffic officers stopped and searched a vehicle with a trailer at the Klawer weighbridge.

The police, said Twigg, acted on a tip-off received about drugs being hidden in a vehicle. The vehicle was en route to Cape Town.

During the search, three bags containing heroin were found in the boot of the vehicle.

Upon an extended search, the police found 50 more bags possibly containing heroin hidden in the back seat. The estimated street value of the drugs is R3.7-million.

“The vehicle fitting the description [provided] was stopped and searched. During the search of the vehicle, the police found three bags containing heroin in the boot of the vehicle,” said Twigg.

In a separate incident, the police nabbed two suspects, a man and a woman aged 49 and 28 in the Sarah Baartman district near Cookhouse early on Sunday.

A bag containing 19 packets of tik, 200 mandrax tablets and cash was found next to their vehicle. The estimated street value of the drugs was set at R21 900.

The suspects were expected to appear in court on Monday.

Major-General Zolani Xawuka said: “We are warning criminals who believe that they can use the N10 as a route to transport their drugs that they will be arrested and detained.

“This is not the first time that drug peddlers have landed on the wrong side when passing through this small town. Our police officers are on high alert and will not hesitate to enforce the law.”

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