South Africa: Western Cape police seize drugs worth R2m on N1 highway

Western Cape police confiscated drugs worth more than R2 million in a weekend drug bust. A 53-year-old man was arrested.

Officers from the provincial traffic department, deployed near Laingsburg, spotted a suspicious-looking truck travelling toward Cape Town on Sunday at about 23:00.

They stopped the vehicle and searched it, said police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie.

“They… discovered two bags of dagga weighing about 60.2kg as well as 39 000 mandrax tablets that were concealed in plastic bags. The estimated street value of the find, suspected to be destined for distribution in the province, is about R2.07 million,” said Pojie.

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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 Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday,” said Pojie.

The arrest comes as efforts to focus on major drug trafficking entry and exit routes in the Western Cape have been stepped up, said Pojie.

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