Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that a drug laboratory has been busted in Limpopo.
As learnt, machines, equipment and chemicals worth an estimated value of R10 million were confiscated.
The bust follows a Crime Intelligence Driven operation the police in Grobearsdal Cluster conducted.
SAPS related that the operation which involved the Provincial Crime Intelligence, Groblersdal Crime Intelligence, the K9, members from the Forensic Department and the DPCI, led to the discovery of the drug laboratory with different equipment, bags of mandrax powder and stolen vehicles.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the operation was initiated after police received information about some suspects who were involved in vehicle theft, carjacking, dealing and manufacturing drugs at Thabakhubedu village in Dennilton policing precinct.
According to SAPS, the information was acted upon and two suspects aged 26 and 39 were arrested.
Adding that another two suspects managed to escape arrest, SAPS listed that the items below were confiscated.
- 2 stolen motor vehicles – Ford meteor and Nissan NP300. The vehicle were reported stolen in January 2009 in Thabazimbi.
- Equipment for the manufacturing of Mandrax tablets. All equipment have an estimated value R2 million
- One presser machine
- One mixer machine
- Industrial stoves
- Different chemicals that are utilized to make mandrax.
- Five bags containing mandrax powder, each weighing 25kg. The total estimated street value of the mandrax powder is R10 million.
- Cash amount of R29 820
While more arrests are expected, the arrested suspects will soon, appear before Moutse magistrate court. There, they will face charges of manufacturing and dealing in drugs and possession of stolen vehicles.
Below is a video footage of the drug production process:
A similar incident happened in Western Cape where police attached to the Mitchell’s Plain Tactical Response Team (TRT), followed up on information they received about drugs that were kept at a residence in Gugulethu.
Crime fighters went to the address searched the house and found 14 000 Mandrax tablets worth an estimated street value of R630 000 in the back room.
A 51-year-old woman was arrested and, she appeared before the Athlone Magistrates court on 23 February 2017.
Speaking for SAPS Management, Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula praised the SAPS members involved in the arrest.
“We will continue to rid our streets of drugs that are systematically killing the youth of our province,” Jula promised.