The Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau together with Crime Intelligence, Flying squad Hermanus, Dog Unit Hermanus and Provincial Traffic officials promptly responded to information about two vehicles travelling with batches of drugs on the N2 highway from Gauteng to Cape Town.
According to a police statement, a Mercedes Benz matching the description was spotted on the N2 highway in Grabouw travelling to Cape Town. The vehicle was pulled over and a search was conduced that resulted in the detection of 24 packets of mandrax tablets totalling 24 000 capsules valued at approximately R840 000. The drugs were found hidden behind back seat in a false compartment.
A 35-year-old suspect was arrested and the vehicle along with the drugs were seized for further investigation, and is expected to appear in the Grabouw Magistrates Court on January 3 2022 facing a charge of dealing in drugs.
“Meanwhile the second vehicle, a VW Transporter matching the description was spotted on the N2 highway in Heidelberg. A total of 100 000 mandrax tablets contained in 100 packets hidden in a false or makeshift compartment under the flatbed were found after the vehicle was stopped and searched by the joint police team,” the statement read.
The 52-year-old suspect was arrested, while the drugs and vehicle used in the commission of crime were seized for further investigation. He is expected to appear in the Heidelberg Magistrates Court on Monday, January 3 2022, to face a charge of dealing in drugs.
The Acting Provincial Head of the Hawks in the Western Cape, Brigadier Mushavhaduvha Ramovha applauded the joint police team for their efforts.