45-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO SELLS NYAOPE TO SCHOOLCHILDREN FOUND WITH DRUGS WORTH R5 MILLION

45-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO SELLS NYAOPE TO SCHOOLCHILDREN FOUND WITH DRUGS WORTH R5 MILLION

By Mashamba Media
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Limpopo police have arrested a 45-year-old suspect following a major drug bust that took place on Wednesday afternoon, 10 July 2024, at Maralaleng village in the Lebowakgomo police area outside Polokwane.

In a well-coordinated operation, members of the provincial flying squad
Acting on a tip-off, the suspect was cornered near a major fast food outlet in Lebowakgomo shopping centre.

The suspect was tactically approached while sitting in his Toyota Hilux bakkie and searched. He was found to be in possession of 03 bags of methamphetamine. Officers continued to search his vehicle and discovered 300 bags of heroin (nyaope) and 80 bags of cocaine hidden in various locations.

Vigilant police officers continued their investigation and raided the suspect’s property in Maralaleng village. They discovered a significant quantity of similar drugs and over R30 000 in cash, believed to be the proceeds of the sale of the drugs. The street value of the seized drugs is estimated at R5 million.

A thorough investigation continued and an illegal firearm containing three rounds of live ammunition was recovered. The vehicle was also confiscated as part of the investigation.

According to Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was selling drugs to schoolchildren in several schools. In addition, a similar case is pending before the Mankweng Regional Court.

SAPS provincial commissioner in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, commended the officers involved in the operation for the thorough investigation and swift action.

“This successful operation underscores our continued commitment to eradicating drug-related crime in our communities and protecting our children from these ruthless criminals.

“We also appreciate the continued support from the community. This should send a stark warning to drug traffickers: we are out to get them,” Hadebe said.

The suspect will appear before the Thabamoopo Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 12 July 2024, charged with possession and trafficking of drugs and unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition.

“Police are urging anyone with information relating to drug trafficking activities to come forward and help combat this pervasive problem. Reports can be made anonymously via the SAPS Crime Stop number on 08600 10111 or by using the MySAPS app,” Ledwaba added.


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