R10 Million Mandrax Bust: SAPS Busy Taking Drugs Off The Streets


Information from SAPS has it that four men aged between 25 and 40 have been arrested after they were caught with a consignment of R10 million Mandrax tablets.

As learnt, the suspects were travelling in two separate vehicles from Johannesburg towards Cape Town. And, were arrested at a roadblock on the N1 near Colesberg, during a High-Density Operation.

From our gatherings, the High-Density Operation was meant to focus on transportation of illegal goods, substances, search for wanted suspects and illegal firearms.

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Tomorrow, 23rd March 2017, the suspects will appear before the Colesberg Magistrate’s Court where they’ll face charges related to dealing in drugs.

Confirming the R10 million mandrax bust, Lieutenant General Peter Shivuri – the Northern Cape Provincial Commissioner – praised the SAPS members involved for their vigilance.

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In Western Cape, SAPS related that “the vigilance of two Beaufort West Crime Prevention Unit members paid off yesterday afternoon during a vehicle checkpoint on the N1.”

The crime fighters reportedly stopped a white LDV. When they closely inspected it, they discovered a false compartment where 54 000 mandrax tablets worth R2.7 million were hidden.

54 000 mandrax tablets worth R2.7 million

This week, the suspects (two males) are expected to appear before the Beaufort West Magistrates’ Court where they will, of course, face charges of possession of drugs.

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Meanwhile, four suspects aged between 29 and 37 were today, dragged before the Potchefstroom Magistrates’ Court for possession of drugs.

The court appearance follows the arrest of the suspect on Monday, 20 March 2017 along N12 between Potchefstroom and Johannesburg by members of Flying Squad in Potchefstroom.

four suspects dragged before the Potchefstroom Magistrates

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According to SAPS, the “members were patrolling when they saw a stationary red Toyota Corolla along the road. The occupants, a driver and three passengers, were approached and eventually searched together with the vehicle.

“During the search, two suitcases and one bag were found inside the vehicle’s boot. It is alleged that one of the passengers was instructed to open the suitcases as well as the bag.

“Upon opening them, it was discovered that the suitcases contained dagga weighing 6.9 kilogramme while the bag had 2025 mandrax tablets worth an estimated R162 000-00 in street value,” SAPS narrated.