Dagga plants with the street value of about R258 000 were found in a house in Oak Park, Pietermaritzburg. Picture: Archives
A man accused of operating a hydroponic dagga lab in Pietermaritzburg has been arrested, the Hawks said.
 
Hawks members from Pietermaritzburg Organised Crime Unit (South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau) arrested Johan Bezuidenhout, 46, for operating a hydroponic dagga laboratory at Oak Park area in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday, the Hawks said in a statement on Saturday.
 
Members of the unit had received information about a man who was dealing in dagga in the area. A search warrant was obtained and they proceeded to address where the drug lab was allegedly operating. 
 
“Upon their arrival, a search was conducted and dagga plants with the street value of approximately R258 000 were found in the house. Bezuidenhout was subsequently arrested and the equipment used for cultivating dagga was also seized,” the Hawks said.
 
Bezuidenhout appeared briefly in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. He was granted R1000 bail and his case was postponed to November 29 this year.
 
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