Merebank woman arrested with drugs worth R20, 000

The arrested suspect is due to appear in court today.

A low-key drug dealing syndicate was dealt a blow during a joint operation conducted by the Provincial Organised Crime Unit, National Intervention Unit, Metropolitan Police, K9 Unit and Crime Intelligence in Merebank, yesterday.

The operation resulted in the recovery of an assortment of narcotics and the arrest of one suspect. The Provincial Organised Crime Unit officers were following up on information relating to narcotics activity around the Merebank area.

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The information led the members to a block of flats where observation posts were held. Over a number of days, the police officers employed various investigative tactics in gathering information about the suspected house until they had enough to apply for a search warrant.

Yesterday, the police officers proceeded to the targeted house. A 57-year-old woman was present in the house and she was shown the search warrant.

The house was searched in her presence. During the search, the team discovered an opening behind the pantry cupboard. When the police officers went inside the opening and started searching, various drugs were discovered wrapped in plastic bags, others were in plastic containers.

The recovered drugs ranged from mandrax, rock cocaine and ecstasy.

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The currency detection and narcotics dogs swept the entire house for any stashed money or other hidden drugs.  The 57-year-old was arrested for possession and dealing in narcotics. She is due to appear in the Durban Magistrate’s Court today.

KwaZulu-Natal’s acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa praised the team for the recovery of drugs. “Such operations will continue in our province to arrest all those involved in dealing in drugs,” he said.

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