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Durban - Two alleged drug dealers and four other people, including a domestic worker, were arrested in related drug busts in Warner Beach and Chatsworth on Monday.
Police seized more than 800 mandrax tablets, 1.5kg of cocaine and R91 500 in cash.
In Warner Beach an alleged drug dealer’s upmarket flat was raided by police who recovered 840 mandrax tablets and about R55 000 in cash.
The man allegedly resisted arrest but later handed himself in at the local police station, shortly after police arrested his wife for driving a Mercedes Benz car with no registration plates. She was with their five-year-old daughter.
The wife was questioned and released. His parents and domestic worker were also arrested.
An unlicensed VW Jetta, bearing the branding of a KwaZulu-Natal trucking company - police said the company did not exist - was searched at the suspect’s beach-facing flat and a transaction ledger and bank cheque were taken as evidence.
In the second drug bust in Chatsworth’s Unit 3 on Monday night, police recovered 1.5kg of cocaine, valued at about R500 000, and R36 500 in cash from a white BMW X5.
The driver, a suspected dealer, was arrested.
Cutting agents, utensils, packaging material and a scale were also confiscated.
Police believe the two cases were linked in that the suspects knew each other.
The KwaDukuza SAPS cluster task team, led by cluster commander Brigadier Derek Captain-Hastibeer, and officers from the SAPS National Intervention Unit conducted the operations.
Captain-Hastibeer said some of the mandrax tablets were found in the domestic worker’s bedroom and others in the garage.
Police seized three vehicles - the VW Jetta, Mercedes Benz and BMW X5 - he said.
Provincial police spokesman, Colonel Jay Naicker, confirmed that a case of dealing in drugs was being investigated.
The wife, who is unemployed, was tracked and arrested at the intersection of Lewis Drive and Khotho Mkhunya (Adams) Road in eManzimtoti, driving a Mercedes Benz with tinted glass with no number plates, Naicker said.
Arrangements had been made for relatives to take care of the child, he said.
Police have also determined that the alleged Warner Beach dealer was in the process of acquiring a second property near Warner Beach, apparently for his parents. The home has already been fitted with new kitchen cupboards, a new bathroom, floor tiles, satellite TV and is freshly painted.
No drugs were found at that property.
A neighbour told the Daily News his suspicions of the suspect had been raised when he saw him driving a Mercedes Benz and a VW Jetta, both with no number plates.
“At one stage I thought he worked for a dealership,” he said.
“But I guess it all makes sense now.”