Western Cape’s law enforcement authorities have made yet another substantial drug bust along with the major entry and exit routes into the province. The latest bust comes after a 37-year-old suspect was caught on the N1 at Beaufort West on Thursday, November 4 with drugs with an estimated street value of R2.2 million.
According to Western Cape police spokesperson, Sergeant Christopher Spies, members attached to the Central Karoo’s K9 conducted a vehicle stop and search when they stopped a passenger bus. Spies says officers then proceeded with a search of the luggage compartment where they found a suitcase with Crystal meth (Tik) inside.
“The find was later linked to a passenger on board. He was subsequently arrested on a charge of dealing drugs.
“Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect was travelling from Durban and the consignment was destined for delivery in the Cape Metropole,” Spies said.
Spies added that while the Provincial Detectives Organised Crime Narcotics Section, which is based in Beaufort West, is probing the matter, the suspect is expected to make his first court appearance in the Beaufort West Magistrates’ court on Friday, November 5 on the related drug charges.
This is the second drug bust in the province after a 53-year-old truck driver was arrested for transporting drugs with an estimated street value of more than R2.07 million near Laingsburg on the N1 on Sunday, October 31.
Meanwhile, Western Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, has commended the members for their vigilance in removing the drugs from the streets. Patekile reiterated that the commitment of the police to continue with the strategic deployment of forces as part of the ongoing Safer Festive Season operations.