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Pretoria - The discovery in the west of Pretoria of a sophisticated cannabis lab with stock valued at about R2 million has left residents shocked.
The police’s Pretoria K9 Unit pounced on a house in Waterbok Street, Kwaggasrand, and caught two suspects red-handed loading dagga plants into their vehicles.
It is believed the men had been told that police were about to descend on them and were about to make a run for it.
Police spokeswoman Sergeant Ann Poortman said two men, aged 29 and 34, were arrested.
Police acted on a tip-off which led them to the house opposite the Kwaggasrand nursery school on Sunday. Residents said they heard the sound of police sirens, screeching tyres and a commotion as police arrived to arrest the suspects.
Inside the garage of what seemed like a normal house, police found a lab fitted with thick insulation sheets, heaters, specialised lights, high quality fans, hydroponic chemicals and dagga plants in pots. Some of the plants had been chaotically thrown into the suspects’ silver Golf 6 GTI and a red Citi Golf.
A source at the scene said the lab was well organised and set up. The source claimed the suspects had expert knowledge. “The chemicals and the equipment used are very advanced. The condition the dagga is in is of good quality.”
Poortman said the value of dagga and equipment was estimated at R2m.
When the Pretoria News visited the scene on Sunday, residents said they were shocked by the discovery.
“We never noticed anything strange or suspicious. The guys who lived there moved in about a year ago. They seemed okay. We always saw them busy in the garden digging up and replanting stuff but didn’t pay much attention,” a resident said. Another resident, said the street was fairly quiet - the buzz from the children at the nearby schools was the only activity.