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Provincial Drug and Firearm Unit drug operations yield more results in Durban after recovering methcathinone worth R147 500

A 39-year-old suspect who was found in possession of methcathinone sealed in clear plastic packets. Picture: SAPS

A 39-year-old suspect who was found in possession of methcathinone sealed in clear plastic packets. Picture: SAPS

Published Dec 21, 2021

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DURBAN - The Provincial Drug and Firearm Unit has arrested a 39-year-old man at the Durban beachfront for drug possession and drug dealing.

Police spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the officers had conducted an observation on the information of a suspect that was dealing drugs in one of the flats on Gillespie Street in Point on Monday.

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“A sting operation was then put in place which led to the arrest of a 39-year-old suspect who was found in possession of methcathinone sealed in clear plastic packets,” Mbele said.

“The recovered drugs are valued at R147 500.”

Mbele said the suspect would appear before the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of drug possession and drug dealing.

In an earlier successful operation on the Day of Reconciliation (December 16), the team recovered 96 plastic bags of methcathinone, 12 plastic wrappings of cocaine powder, nine plastic bags of crystal meth, six large plastic packets of methcathinone and 358 ecstasy tablets in an abandoned building in Prince Street in the Point area.

Police said when the team moved onto Smith Street and Rutherford Street, also in the Point, they arrested three men aged between 34 and 50 after they were found with various drugs such as crystal meth and heroin.

The recovered drugs have an estimated street value of R100 000.

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The suspects were charged for drug dealing and drug possession.

Three days before that arrest, officers from the Provincial Organised Crime Unit recovered 2.1 million empty capsules sealed in clear plastic bags and heroin powder in an empty apartment in Anton Lembede Street. The drugs were estimated to have a street value of R400 000. No arrests were made.

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