Members of the Scottburgh Cluster Detective Task Team and the Umzinto K9 Unit were jointly investigating cases of housebreaking and looking for suspects when an arrested housebreaking suspect led them to a house where he had disposed of stolen property. It is alleged that the suspect had exchanged the stolen property for drugs.
When police entered the house, they found a man busy stripping the leaves and pods of dry dagga plants and putting them into a plastic bag. He was promptly arrested and charged with dealing in drugs.
Dagga is generally sold on the street as individually wrapped fingers or “zols”. Mature plants are harvested and dried before being stripped of the leaves and pods which are then individually wrapped for sale. The packet of loose dagga weighed 450 grams while the dry dagga plants weighed 19,45 kilograms. The track suit pants that had been exchanged for drugs was recovered by police in the house.
The 28-year-old alleged drug dealer appears in the Umzinto Magistrates’ Court today, 15 April while the 21-year-old burglary suspect appears simultaneously in the Scottburgh Magistrates’ Court. It is alleged that the tracksuit pants was part of the property stolen during a burglary at the Gwala-Gwala complex in Rahle Road, Pennington at the end of March.
“We are trying our utmost to eradicate this scourge of drugs as it contributes to a range of other crimes such as thefts, burglaries, robberies and assaults. If people stop buying stolen property, drug addicts would stop stealing as there would not be a market for the goods.
Unscrupulous drug dealers encourage drug addicts to commit crimes by accepting stolen property in exchange for drugs.” said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni. She has repeatedly stressed the importance of ridding our communities of drug dealers as one of the ways to reduce crime levels in the province.
Source : South African Police Service