Police have raided a Cannabis cultivating farm in Paarl in the Western Cape on Friday, 22, April.
According to police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut, officers attached to the Flying Squad Unit, reacted on intelligence, to a farm in the Drakenstein rural area of Paarl where they discovered a cannabis harvesting and manufacturing operation.
Traut said searches conducted on the premises resulted in the arrest of 25 suspects aged between 18 and 55 years old as well as the discovery and seizure of cannabis plants and a large quantity of prepared cannabis ready for the market.
“Due to the substantial quantities, the estimated value of the drugs is yet to be determined. While the suspects are awaiting their court appearance scheduled for Monday in Paarl to face a charge of dealing drugs, members of our Provincial Detectives are probing the circumstances surrounding the matter,” Traut said.
Traut went on to say that more arrests could be made as detectives continue with their investigation.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Police Commissioner, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile have also commended the units responsible for the operation and issued a stern warning to drug dealers that their illegal trade will remain high on SAPS’s policing priority list.