Snoekie, the sniffer dog attached to the Breede River K9 Unit. Photo: SAPS
Snoekie, the sniffer dog attached to the Breede River K9 Unit. Photo: SAPS

SAPS’ sniffer dog Snoekie makes R800k mandrax bust

By Robin-Lee Francke Time of article published Nov 24, 2021

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CAPE TOWN - A 51-year-old man is expected to appear in court on Thursday in connection with the seizure of 20 000 mandrax tablets worth R800 000 that were en route to Cape Town.

Police management in the Western Cape has commended members of the Breede River K9 Unit, especially its sniffer dog Snoekie.

According to provincial police spokesperson Colonel André Traut, on Tuesday officers reacted to intelligence received that a white Mercedes Benz Vito van was headed in the direction of Cape Town with drugs, ostensibly for sale during the holiday season.

Snoeki reacted positively to drugs hidden in a vehicle’s compartment. Photo: SAPS

“The target vehicle was stopped and searched by Snoekie, the sniffer dog, and his handler.

“The dog reacted positively to drugs in a sealed compartment which then led to the discovery of 20 000 mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of R800 000.

“A 51-year-old man from Welgelegen was arrested and is expected to make a court appearance in Worcester once he has been charged with dealing in drugs,” Traut said.

In an unrelated incident in Manenberg on the Cape Flats, members attached to the Manenberg SAPS Crime Prevention Unit arrested a 28-year-old man after he was allegedly found to be in possession of an unlicensed firearm without a serial number.

According to Traut, the suspect was arrested in Greatfish Avenue.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges of possessing a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

The 20 000 mandrax tablets were en route to Cape Town. Photo: SAPS

In a separate incident on Monday, members of the Anti-Gang Unit conducted an intelligence driven operation during which they recovered a DM 4 assault rifle with five rounds of ammunition in the Kuilsriver policing precinct.

No arrests were made during the operation but an enquiry has been registered and the firearm has been sent for ballistic testing to determine whether it was used in the commission of a crime.

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