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Hiker held for drugs

Crime & Courts

Butterworth - A hitch-hiker was arrested in Arcadia on Tuesday after being allegedly found in possession of mandrax tablets, East London police said.

Police, acting on a tip-off about a drug dealer on Recreation Road, took the 45-year-old man who was hitch-hiking from East London to Butterworth into custody, Captain Stephen Marais said.

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Cape Town - 091023 - SUSPECTS WERE QUESTIONED AND SENT HOME WITH A WARNING AFTER FOUND IN AN ABANDONED COUNCIL HOUSE SMOKING MANDRAX, TIK AND DAGGA. JP SMITH HAS SWORN TO HAVE THE OCCUPANTS EVICTED AND THE HOUSE GIVEN TO THE COMMUNITY POLICING FORUM AS A BASE OF OPERATIONS. Metro Police as part of Operation Razor and Operation Choke performed VCP roadblocks and 6 house raids in the Mitchells Plein area last night. This is the begining of a 30 day operation in Mitchells Plein to try and erradicate organised crime in the area. Counsellor JP Smith road along with the police as well as Acting Director of the Metro Police Wayne Le Roux. 6 known houses were raided where only drug parafinalia was found including devices used to smoke tik, dagga and mandrax. In the VCP roadblocks 84 fines were issued and one arrest made for a fraudulant drivers lisence. Fines were handed out to a business for lack of permits and health code violations. Photo: Matthew Jordaan

Marais said 80 mandrax tablets, with a street value of R4800, were found in his possession.

He would appear in the East London Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of dealing in drugs and possession of drugs. - Sapa

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