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Cape Town - Police in Cape Town have arrested five people for being in possession of drugs worth R60 000, Western Cape police said on Saturday.

During an intelligence-driven operation, Manenberg South African Police Service (SAPS) officers arrested five men, aged between 27 and 38, for possession of drugs, Captain FC van Wyk said.

Information was followed up at about 8:20am on Friday of an undisclosed amount of drugs being transported in Manenberg, Cape Town, he said.

"Drugs valued at R60 000 were confiscated during a joint operation between Manenberg crime prevention and [the] Nyanga cluster crime intelligence unit. Following an observation of the area, a vehicle fitting the description of the suspicious vehicle transporting drugs was pulled over in Vygieskraal Road, Manenberg.

"A thorough search of the vehicle led to the discovery of heroin stashed behind the dashboard of the vehicle. The five suspects will be charged for being in possession of drugs and will be appearing in the Athlone [Magistrate's] Court in the new year," Van Wyk said.

Anyone with information regarding any illegal gang activity or drugs should contact the Manenberg SAPS on 021-699-9400 or Crime Stop on 08600-10111.

African News Agency/ANA