R1.5m cocaine bust
Rustenburg – Two men were arrested on Friday 16 October in Geelhoutpark, Rustenburg after Rustenburg police discovered and seized three kilograms of cocaine at an illegal drug-manufacturing laboratory.
The laboratory was shut down after police gathered substantial evidence that two people were manufacturing cocaine.
Prior to the discovery of the drug lab, a silver Volkswagen Polo that the two suspects were travelling in was stopped by the police along the N4 near Phokeng during an intelligence-driven operation.
“Police then proceeded to Geelhoutpark, where the occupants of the Volkswagen Polo reside. During a search conducted in the presence of the suspects, items that were apparently used to manufacture drugs were found,” said police spokesperson brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone. Various chemicals, 20 litre containers, gloves and dust masks were found at the scene. A further search led to the discovery and seizure of a plastic bag containing cocaine, with an estimated street value of R1.5 million, 10 mobile phones and a substantial amount of cash.
The suspects will appear in the Rustenburg Magistrates’ Court for contravention of Section 3 of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, 1992 (Act No. 140 of 1992). North West provincial commissioner of police lieutenant general Sello Kwena welcomed the arrests and commended the law enforcement agents involved in the operation.
Kwena pointed out that manufacturing, supplying, and dealing in drugs will not be tolerated and that the law would deal with those involved in drug trafficking.
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