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R2m drug bust: truck driver appears in court

The drugs was suspected to be meant for distribution in the province. Picture: supplied

The drugs was suspected to be meant for distribution in the province. Picture: supplied

Published Nov 3, 2021

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A drug trafficker transporting drugs with a street value of more than R2m will appear in Laingsburg magistrate court on Wednesday.

The provincial traffic department confiscated and handed over drugs with an estimated street value of more than R2.07million to the provinces organised crime investigation’s narcotics section based in Beaufort West on Sunday night.

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The traffic officials were strategically deployed near Laingsburg on the N1 when they stopped a suspicious truck travelling towards Cape Town at about 11pm.

Police spokesman Captain Malcolm Potjie said the officers searched the truck and discovered two bags of dagga, weighing about 60.2kg, as well as 39 000 mandrax tablets that were concealed in plastic bags.

The drugs was suspected to be meant for distribution in the province. Picture: supplied

According to sources, its suspected that the drugs were for distribution in the province.

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“Subsequent to the find that was confiscated as evidence, members arrested the 53-year-old driver of the truck who faces a charge of dealing in drugs.

“He is scheduled to appear in the Laingsburg magistrates’ court today.” explained Potjie.

Western Cape police management applauded the members for their vigilance and commitment to the eradication of drug trafficking as well as their efforts to remove drugs from the streets.

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“This arrest and confiscation will hopefully serve as a deterrent for drug peddlers that seek to transport drugs into this province. These perpetrators will be pursued and they will face the full might of the law when arrested.”

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