A 34-year-old suspect was arrested on Wednesday, 16 March for the possession of a prohibited firearm and dealing in drugs in the Philippi area.
According to the City of Cape Town’s Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith, the arrest comes after Metro Police officers received a tip-off that a vehicle was transporting drugs.
“They spotted the vehicle a short while later but lost sight of it when the driver entered a storage facility. When the vehicle reappeared, officers stopped the driver and sought permission to conduct a search.
“They found a large quantity of Tik in his possession and then proceeded to search the storage locker that he had visited, where K9 Spartan indicated the presence of drugs,” Smith said.
Smith went on to say that officers found 4 366 sachets of Tik, 600 Mandrax tablets to the value of R350 000, and a loaded 9mm pistol in a plastic bag.
Meanwhile, SAPS’ endeavours to eradicate drug trafficking also led to the confiscation of drugs worth R120 000 on the N9 between George and Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape.
According to police spokesperson Sergeant Christopher Spies, officers pulled over a taxi and proceeded with a search of the vehicle when a member of the group detected that the Jungle Oats instant porridge boxes were tampered with.
“When they opened these boxes, members discovered the mandrax tablets and tik stashed inside it. The find was linked to a passenger on board who was immediately arrested on a charge of dealing drugs.
“Police confiscated the 304 mandrax tablets, 300-grams of tik, as well as an undisclosed amount of cash,” Spies added.
Spies added that a 27-year-old woman is now expected to appear in the George Magistrates’ court on Friday, 18 March.
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