Cape Town – The metro police K9 unit has seized drugs with a street value close to R210 000 in Bellville on Tuesday.
Shortly after 1.30pm, officers stopped a car during a crime prevention patrol near the bus terminus and proceeded to issue a ticket to the driver.
However, one of the officers noticed that he appeared nervous and sought permission to search the motor vehicle.
The suspect ran away when K9 Kalisi indicated the presence of drugs.
More than a kilogram of uncut heroin, four small bags of heroin, two sachets of tik and more than 200 mandrax tablets was found.
Metro police spokesperson Ruth Solomons said they value the K9’s for their good work.
“Having K9s assist for illegal contraband is beneficial because their strong sense of smell leads to most success including confiscations where officers would not be able to find them when searching physically.
“The K9s pick up the scent of drugs which they are trained in to detect in places where an average person would not even think of looking.
“To invest in K9s in a police establishment can only be beneficial to combat drug related and even firearm related crimes as proven by all the success throughout the years,” she said.
Solomons added that the drugs were booked in at Bellville SAPS and the unregistered motor vehicle was towed to the Stikland vehicle pound.