Some of the drugs seized during raids by various units in Phoenix at the weekend. Pictures: SAPS
Durban -  A joint police operation saw various units swoop on two houses in Phoenix and bust three people for dealing in drugs.
Members of the Provincial Organised Crime Unit, Durban Public Order Police Project Team, Durban Central K9 Unit, eThekwini Outer South K9, eThekwini Outer North Crime Intelligence and metro police raided houses in Phoenix on Friday afternoon.
“Members proceeded to the first target which was a house suspected to be openly conducting the sale of narcotics. As the members approached the house throngs of smokers fled,” said police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane.
He said two men tried to bolt but were apprehended. The first suspect was searched and a black plastic bag was found in his possession. Zwane said the bag was opened and Mandrax tablets, heroin in capsules as well as cash were found. 
“The 29-year-old suspect was immediately placed under arrest. The second suspect was searched and found in possession of a similar black plastic bag which contained heroin, rock cocaine as well as mandrax tablets.”
Zwane said their investigations revealed that the suspects were both in the country illegally. 
“The members went to the second targeted home and began to search the premises. They asked that the dogs be removed from the kennels and began searching inside.” 
They found dagga stashed inside the kennels.
 A 25-year-old suspect was arrested. All three were to appear in the Phoenix Magistrate’s Court facing charges of drug dealing.

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