A 35-year-old woman was arrested and will appear in the Oudtshoorn Magistrates’ court on Monday, January 4 on charges relating to dealing in drugs, after she was discovered with Mandrax and Tik worth about R1.15-million on her person.
According to the South African Police Service’s Captain Malcolm Pojie, the proliferation and eradication of illicit goods such as drugs remain a high priority in the Western Cape during the Safer Festive Season operations, especially with the strategic deployment of members to tighten the grip on the illicit drug trade in the province.
Recently, members of the Attaqua K9 Unit (Oudtshoorn Dog Unit) confiscated Mandrax and Tik to the estimated value of about R1.15-million.
“The vigilant members of the K9 Unit conducted a stop and search operation near the Oudtshoorn taxi-rank recently when they spotted the suspicious woman fiddling with a large suitcase, trying to hide it from the members,” explains Pojie.
“They immediately deployed a drug detection dog who responded positively on the big suitcase. Upon searching the case, members found 9000 Mandrax tablets (Boss) as well as 2kg of Tik inside the suitcase. The suspect was arrested on the spot and later charged with dealing in drugs.
“Garden Route District Commander, Maj Gen Oswald Reddy has commended the members involved for their vigilance and commitment to rid our communities from this scourge of drug addiction and trafficking that destroys communities and their livelihoods. He promised that similar actions will prevail during the remainder of the Festive Season and that culprits who disobey and disrespect the law, will be brought to book,” Pojie added.