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Man in court for possession of dagga worth R500K

A man was arrested after he was allegedly found in possession of eight bags of dagga with an estimated street value of R500 000. Picture: SAPS

A man was arrested after he was allegedly found in possession of eight bags of dagga with an estimated street value of R500 000. Picture: SAPS

Published Jun 15, 2022

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Rustenburg - A 26-year-old man arrested for possession of dagga with an estimated street value of R500 000 was granted bail at the Nkomanzi Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Colane Maphosa was arrested on Monday and was released on R3 000 bail. The case against him was postponed to July 4.

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“According to the information, members of the police from Kamhlushwa were conducting stop and searches on the R570 next to One Three Hill, near Malelane, when they stopped a grey Ford Fiesta sedan. During the search, eight bags stashed with dagga were discovered inside the said car, with an estimated street value of about R500 000, weighing at 125.388kg,” said Mpumalanga police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

“The vehicle was reportedly heading towards Nelspruit (Mbombela) where the dagga was assigned to be delivered to specific persons. The preliminary investigation by the police has since revealed that the vehicle, which was also seized, belongs to the suspect and it is believed that the suspect could be working with others in the alleged dagga trafficking, but his mission was intercepted by the astute members before he could reach his destination.”

Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Manamela warned those who might consider smuggling dagga or other drugs that they will find the police waiting for them on the other side.

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“The trafficking of drugs, especially along the Nkomazi area, which is next to the borders of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini, is a cause for concern. However, the police are equal to the task and will do everything possible to deal with the situation. The public is also urged to assist by alerting the authorities of any information regarding criminal activities,” she said.

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