Police in the Western Cape have registered another major drug bust on Monday, with a routine patrol on the N1 leading to a dramatic high speed chase and subsequent arrests. A total of 60 bags of cannabis, with a street value of approximately R1.4 million was seized.
South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Sergeant Christopher Spies said in a statement issued on Tuesday that the bust followed the deployment of Rural Flying Squad members strategically placed along the N1 to eradicate illicit activities.
“In the early morning hours of Monday, 23 August at about 00:10, while conducting patrols, the members spotted a Toyota Quantum with tinted windows,” said Spis.
“On approaching, the vehicle sped off and a high-speed chase ensued,”
Spies said that reinforcements from Laingsburg Crime Prevention Unit members and Western Cape Provincial Traffic officials were dispatched to the area, with the vehicle eventually brought to a halt.
“The occupants of the minibus disembarked and fled the scene on foot, but the driver’s freedom was short-lived when he was chased down and arrested. His passenger managed to evade arrest.”
Spies said that upon searching the vehicle, the members found 60 bags of dagga weighing 738,1 kilograms.
Meanwhile, police members continued with the search for the second suspect who had managed to flee the scene prior to the bust.
“Their patience paid off when he reappeared near the scene and boarded a Toyota Corolla. Police stopped the vehicle and apprehended the suspect,” said Spies, who added that preliminary investigation reveals that the minibus, a rented vehicle, was traveling to Cape Town.
The suspects- both aged 30-years-old – will remain in custody and are expected to appear in the Laingsburg Magistrates’ court on Tuesday 24 August 2021 on a charge of dealing in drugs.