SOME of the dagga was found in a shack on the property.     Oupa Mokoena  African News Agency (ANA)
SOME of the dagga was found in a shack on the property. Oupa Mokoena African News Agency (ANA)
A 20-year-old suspect is arrested by police at a plot in Bultfontein near Hammanskraal, where a massive dagga plantation was found.     Oupa Mokoena  African News Agency (ANA)
A 20-year-old suspect is arrested by police at a plot in Bultfontein near Hammanskraal, where a massive dagga plantation was found. Oupa Mokoena African News Agency (ANA)
Pretoria - law enforcement agencies, including Tshwane Metro Police Department, and forensic investigators were stunned yesterday at the discovery of a dagga plantation that had gone unnoticed for years on a Bultfontein family plot in Hammanskraal.

The community, which knew the family very well, couldn’t believe it when Maximum Security patrollers found large amounts of high quality dagga being harvested behind a ­dilapidated home yesterday at about 2am.

The officers, who had been on the lookout for people stealing cattle from farmers, discovered the plantation when they were chasing two suspicious men who ran towards the plot, hoping to disappear in its overgrown vegetation.

When officer Johan Stumke and his colleagues arrived at the plot check on the wellbeing of the family, they discovered a large amount of dagga behind the house. Shocked by the stench, the officers informed the police, who rushed to the scene.

Upon conducting a search, the police discovered that there were two gardens designed specifically to grow dagga, a large shack for hanging and drying plants that had recently been harvested, and a rondavel for scaling and packaging the dagga.

A 20-year-old man was found sleeping in the shack, and his grandfather, aunt and a young