Police in the Eastern Cape have confirmed apprehending a couple for suspicions of dealing in mandrax, dagga and tik.
Following a tip-off, the SAPS Graaff Reinet Operational Command Centre (OCC) utilised a search warrant at Fred Hufkie Street, Asherville.
It was where R800 000 worth of madrax, dagga and tik was discovered, leading to the arrests of Edwill Klerk (42) and Ellewies Klerk (44) last Wednesday.
According to a Colonel from the Eastern Cape town, Priscilla Naidu, the couple have since walked on free bail before their court appearance on 23 October.
“A Graaff-Reinet couple was released on free bail following their arrest on 23 August 2023 on charges of dealing in drugs,” Naidu said.
“It is alleged that on the mentioned date, SAPS Graaff Reinet Operational Command Centre (OCC) members executed a search warrant at a house in Fred Hufkie Street in Asherville.
“On searching the house 990 mandrax tablets, 500 grams of tik, 8 rolls of dagga and cash were confiscated. The estimated street value of the drugs is R800 000-00,” the report added.
“Sarah Baartman District Commissioner, Maj Gen Zolani Xawuka, welcomed the arrests and applauded the members for their efforts.
“‘Drug-related issues are a major concern and contributor to certain types of crimes. Substance abuse can lead to criminality as users/addicts may resort to illegal means to acquire drugs to fund their addiction,” the statement added before urging community members to continue reporting suspected drug dealers.
The Karoo town, famous for being the oldest town in the Eastern Cape, as well as the sixth-oldest in Mzansi after Western Cape veterans Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Simon’s Town, Paarl and Swellendam, houses one of the South African Police’s biggest training academies.
The town is also the birthplace of one of South Africa’s greatest struggle heroes Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe.