Information from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has it that Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) in Johannesburg arrested a 37-year-old woman for dealing in drugs.
The arrest happened after Police followed up information about drug dealers in Buccleauch.
There, they found the Nigerian woman, Clara Maduka in possession of 594 wrapped cocaine rocks.
Maduka was immediately arrested, dragged to Alexandra Magistrates Court for dealing in drugs and remanded in custody.
While more arrests are expected to be made, Clara Maduka will get to formally apply for bail today.
Commenting on the arrest, the Acting Provincial Head of Gauteng’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Brigadier Sekelema Lewele warned drug dealers that the directorate wouldn’t stop striving to arrest anyone who is dealing, manufacturing and distributing drugs in South Africa.
Brigadier Lewele praised officers who are working tirelessly to nab drug dealers saying: “it is our mandate to get rid of the scourge of drugs within our communities… We will do so without fear or favour,” he added.
Earlier this month, SANEB arrested a run away Nigerian drug kingpin who refused to hand himself in at the Hawks’ offices in Germiston as instructed by the authorities in December 2016.
The Nigerian drug kingpin was asked to hand himself in after he was linked to a clandestine laboratory which was used to manufacture Crystal Meth in Pomona.
When police raided the premise, they seized drugs, chemicals and drug manufacturing equipment estimated to worth R3 million.
Then, Taiwanese nationals Chi-Yu Fan and Chi-Chin Fan; and Mozambican duo Orcidio Sitoe and Peters Ngwenya were arrested and charged with Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992.
Following the 45-year-old Nigerian national refusal to hand himself in with his legal representative, a warrant of arrest was issued by the Benoni Magistrates Court to get him answer his case.
With that, he was busted, arrested and charged with Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992.
Celebrating his arrest, Major General Prince Mokotedi, Head of Hawks in Gauteng said: “we shall continue to tear the strongholds of drug lords as we remain unambiguous in our fight against drugs from communities which is included on our mandate.”
In South Africa, it’s widely believed that Nigerians are the major perpetrators of the drug crimes plaguing the country.