Wed. Jul 24th, 2024

In recent operations, Eastern Cape police have made significant strides in combating drug trafficking along the border with Lesotho and in intercity transport routes, leading to multiple arrests and seizures.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Siphokazi Mawisa, spokesperson for the Eastern Cape police, a routine patrol along the Tellebridge River, which separates South Africa from Lesotho, resulted in the apprehension of two individuals for possession of dagga (cannabis).

“While patrolling, officers noticed a suspicious vehicle. Upon investigation, they discovered two males from Butterworth loading twelve bags of dagga,” explained Lt. Col. Mawisa. “The suspects were arrested on the spot and charged with possession of dagga.”

The suspects appeared in the Sterkspruit Magistrate’s Court where they were granted bail set at R800 each. They are scheduled to appear in court again on July 19th.

This incident underscores ongoing efforts by law enforcement to intercept illegal substances entering or circulating within the province. Earlier this year, a separate operation led to the apprehension of a 36-year-old woman traveling by bus from Bloemfontein to East London.

Captain Hazel Mqala, another spokesperson from the Eastern Cape police, provided details of the operation involving the woman suspected of trafficking drugs.

“Members of the East London Flying Squad received information about a woman carrying drugs on a bus destined for East London,” said Capt. Mqala. “The bus was located and stopped at Windmill roadhouse, where police conducted a search of the suspect’s luggage.”

During the search, law enforcement officials discovered 15 bricks of crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as “tik,” weighing a total of 20.50 kilograms. The estimated street value of the drugs seized amounts to R3 million.

The suspect was promptly arrested and faces charges related to drug trafficking. The successful interception of such a substantial quantity of drugs reflects the vigilance and proactive measures undertaken by Eastern Cape police to curb narcotics trafficking and protect communities from the harmful effects of drug abuse.

These operations are part of ongoing efforts by authorities to uphold law and order, deter criminal activities, and ensure the safety and well-being of residents in the Eastern Cape region. Law enforcement agencies continue to urge the public to report any suspicious activities that may contribute to the fight against drug trafficking and related crimes.

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