Durban -  THE seven suspects who were arrested for allegedly dealing and manufacturing in drugs in Springfield to the value of R50 million are expected to apply for bail in April.

Zainudeen Abrahams,52, Malicent Skippers, 33, Natasha September, 32, Joseph Groenewald,39, Jamie May,33, Stephinie Hamke,25, and Randall Jacobs, 36, appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrates Court on Thursday.

State prosecutor, Advocate Mahen Naidu said the state would be opposing bail on the grounds of the accused being a flight risk.

The accused were arrested after members of the  Provincial Organised Crime Unit together with the eThekwini inner south clusters provincial drug and firearm unit swooped on an alleged drug lab operating from a warehouse in Springfield Park, Durban on March 1.

Police seized a tablet press machine, about 10 000 mandrax tablets, 60 dyes, and about 40 000 empty capsules on the premises.

Thereafter members proceeded to a home in Westville, where approximately20kg of methaqualone (mandrax) powder was found at the property.

All seven accused were remanded back into police custody. They are being held at Durban SAPS holding cells.