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Durban - An alleged drug dealer from Seaview was expected to appear in court on Monday after he was found with bags of rock cocaine and ecstasy tablets.
Members of police Crime Intelligence, Durban Organised Crime, KwaDakuza drug team and metro police arrested the man, a Nigerian national, at the corners of Titren and Hazeldene roads.
Police had placed the man, who lives on Railway Road, under surveillance for the past month, before they devised the set-up to arrest him near the Rossburgh testing grounds.
The man, who is married to a South African woman, is alleged to have been operating in the Seaview and Bellair area since his arrival in the country in 2011.
He had been renting a single room from a pastor and his family, where he surrounded himself with the trappings of a pious individual.
On the day of the arrest the man had been driving along Titren Road when police vans cornered his vehicle.
Police allegedly found 10 bags of powdered cocaine, several bags of rock cocaine and ecstasy pills, to the value of R20 000.
He was also found with R9 500 cash.
He was taken back to his residence for the search to continue.
His wife was not at home at the time.
The room consisted of a coffee table, a kitchen counter, a single bed with religious pictures above it, and a pile of religious books, including the Bible, on a bedside table.
Beneath a book entitled, What the Bible Says About Marriage, police discovered a number of ledgers and financial documents allegedly recording the man’s daily takings. The books also named the man’s supplier in Durban.
Police spokesman, Colonel Jay Naicker, said: “We confirm a case of dealing in drugs was opened for investigation by Bellair SAPS. He will be appearing in the Durban Magistrate’s Court soon.”