The various police stations under the Uthukela Cluster have since Friday, 3 March 2017 until today, 8 March 2017, arrested a total of 23 suspects for drug related crimes. Colenso SAPS members were patrolling in the Esikhaleni area when they spotted dagga growing in the garden of one of the residents. The 35-year-old homeowner was arrested for cultivating dagga. The dagga has an estimated street value of around R800.
Ematsheni SAPS arrested a 55-year-old suspect in Obonjaneni area who had 3.2kg dagga in their possession which has an estimated street value of around R4000. While Ezakheni SAPS arrested a 39 year old suspect at a Tuckshop in C Section who had 48g of dagga, as well as a 29-year-old suspect and a 24-year-old suspect in St Chads who had 62g and 300g of dagga, respectively, on them. The total street value of the dagga is around R300. A 49-year-old suspect was also arrested by Ezakheni SAPS for the possession of a parcel of dagga weighing a few grams while another 33 year old suspect was arrested for the possession of two parcels of dagga also weighing a few grams. The street value of the drugs is around R200.
Upper Tugela SAPS arrested a 50-year-old suspect for the possession of 2 bags of dagga at the Sandlwana area. The dagga weighs 15,4kg and has an estimated street value of around R22 000. After which they arrested two suspects aged 20 and 23 who were found with three bags of dagga weighing around 50kg each with an estimated street value of around R75 000. While Ntabamhlophe SAPS arrested six suspects aged between 21 and 55. They were found in possession of small amounts of dagga of 16 grams and less. The estimated street value being around R300.
Bergville SAPS arrested a 35 year old suspect in Emmaus area who was found in possession of 28 small parcels of dagga weighing 200 grams and having a street value of around R400. While Wembezi SAPS arrested a 46-year-old suspect at Nkwezela area who was found in possession of dagga with a street value of R100 and Van Reenen SAPS arrested a 20-year-old suspect in Wragg Road who was in possession of 12 grams of dagga with a street value of R100.
Amangwe SAPS members were doing crime prevention duties when they stopped a vehicle. Inside the vehicle 31 bags of dagga was found weighing 251kg. Two suspects aged 20 and 43 arrested. The street value of the dagga is around R450 000. Ladysmith SAPS arrested a 26-year-old suspect in the Lyell Street Taxi Rank. He was found in possession of 150 slopes of dagga and 4 parcels of dagga weighing in at a total of 700g the street value of the drugs is around R1500. A suspect aged 25 was also arrested in Peacetown area after he was found in possession of a few grams of dagga with a street value of around R200.
All the suspects have been appearing in various courts across the Cluster this week.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the Uthukela Cluster for the successful operation as well as the recovery of dagga. “Such operations will continue throughout the KZN province,” he said.