Caoe Town - Police arrested a 33-year-old man after discovering a drug laboratory at his Plumstead home on Monday.

The house, situated in Milford Road, was empty and in disarray.

Lieutenant-Colonel Andrè Traut said the suspect, from Mitchells Plain, had allegedly been operating the laboratory for more than four years and lived “at more than one address”.

Traut added that members of Operation Combat, led by Major-General Jeremy Veary, arrested the man in a luxury car in Mitchells Plain on Monday afternoon.

Police found a sophisticated tablet press machine, which is able to manufacture 6 000 mandrax and other tablets an hour or 100 tablets a minute.

“He would programme the machine then leave the premises while the press machine manufactured the tablets on its own.

“The machine can also manufacture other drugs in tablet form.

“The press machine was standing on a trolley and hydraulic jack in the garage,” said Traut.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court soon in connection with several drug-related charges.

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Cape Argus