R7.5 Million Drug Bust, Four Arrested


The South African Police Service (SAPS) says the illegal trade of drugs has been dealt a severe blow.

SAPS’s assertion follows the outcome of an intelligence operation by members of South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) at the Directorate For Priority Crime Investigation.

They swooped on four drug dealers near Vredenburg after they received information concerning a truck and a pilot vehicle along R45 transporting and escorting drugs.

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“The resultant search of the vehicles uncovered over 771 000 units of Mandrax tablets valued at approximately R7.5 Million hidden in the false compartments of the truck,” SAPS stated.

The suspects aged between 31 and 58, are expected to appear in the Vredenburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday where they’ll face charges related  to drug dealing.

Meanwhile, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has confirmed the rape of a 20-year-old female suspect by Laingsburg’s Police Officer.

Currently, the directorate is investigating the incident which happened at Laingsburg SAPS in the Western Cape.

As alleged, the victim was arrested for theft and detained alone in a cell.

There, “an African police official entered and went straight to her. He grabbed, kissed and undressed her. They struggle with each other (and) the firearm of the police official fell down during the struggle.

“The police official grabbed his firearm and pointed the victim with the firearm. He told her to keep quiet and threatened to shoot her if she cried,” IPID related.

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The Laingsburg’s Police Officer then raped the victim in the police holding cells. The suspect opened a case of rape the next day and IPID was invited to investigated the case.

IPID divulged that no arrest has been made and that an ID parade will be held to identify the suspect.