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Drug bust: K9 service dog sniffs out crystal meth worth R6.5 million [photos]

Well done, Buddy!

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A K9 service dog named Buddy located concealed crystal meth with an estimated street value of R6.5 million in the Westrand. The shipment was destined for Australia.

Other successful drug busts were carried out in Douglasdale, Botshabelo and Vrede.

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R6.5 million drug bust on the Westrand

The Gauteng Provincial Organised Crime Investigations: Narcotics Unit and members of the West Rand K9 teamed up on Thursday evening, 11 March 2021.

According to Captain Kay Makhubele, the team received “operationalised information on the suspected shipment of drugs destined for Australia and activated the K9 service dog, Buddy.

Buddy and his multi-disciplinary team of humans intercepted the consignment just in time. Makhubele explained:

“The sniffer dog reacted positively to the contents of the consignment of drugs. Further investigation confirmed that the statue contained 22kg of concealed crystal meth”.

Makhubele added that an “immediate on-site investigation determined that the positively identified crystal meth has an estimated street value of R6.5 million”. The suspects were charged with possession of drugs.

R3 million drug bust in Douglasdale

In a separate incident, police intercepted a vehicle in Douglasdale and seized drugs with an estimated street value of R3 million. Two suspects were arrested.

The suspects were charged with possession of drugs and will appear in different Magistrate Courts in due course.

Gauteng Commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela thanked the detectives for their “tireless efforts […] to curb the proliferation of drugs”.

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Smaller consignments of drugs were confiscated in other parts of the country.

Minor drug bust in Botshabelo

The Selosesha Public Order Policing Task Team working with Selosesha Tactical Response Team received a tip-off about a house in Botshabelo L Section.

The team investigated but “the suspects fled in different directions” upon their arrival. However, the officers chased and arrested them. Brigadier Motantsi Makhele confirms that the following items were uncovered:

  • A brick of Cat
  • Small plastic blags of Cat
  • Half star pills
  • Quarter star pills
  • Other pills suspected to be drugs
  • An undisclosed amount of cash

In total, the bust carries an estimated street value of more than R11 000. The two suspects aged 20 and 32 were arrested for dealing with drugs and will appear in Botshabelo Magistrate Court soon.

Suspect arrested in Vrede

On Friday 12 March 2021, Phuthaditjhaba Tactical Response Team followed up on information that led them to several houses where suspects sold drugs.

Information was followed up at three different houses and a search conducted. Drugs and dagga were found and three suspects subsequently arrested.

The team confiscated 112 small packs of dagga with a street value of R5 600 from a 22-year-old suspect. The second suspect, a 25-year-old woman, was found with the following items, valuing R10 000:

  • 108 packs of Swati dagga, weighing 0,382kg
  • Loose Swati dagga, weighing 0,708kg and
  • Loose Lesotho dagga, weighing 0,993kg.

A third suspect, a 40-year-old man, was found with 100 Mandrax tablets valued at about R5 000, as well as dagga valued at R15 000 and 25 plastic bags of Nyaope, valued at about R15 000.

According to Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, all suspects will appear at the Vrede Magistrate Court soon for dealing in drugs.

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