Photo credit: SAPS
Photo credit: SAPS
Two women are expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 6 August 2020, in connection with the alleged manufacturing of steroids worth R3 million.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) led the operation in two Pretoria estates.
“Mpumalanga Serious Organised Crime (The Hawks) investigators backed up by a cadre of other police agencies conducted a search and seizure operation on three premises in Pretoria East on Wednesday, 5 August 2020”, said SAPS spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale.
“The intelligence driven operation centred on a drug investigation that led to the arrest of at least two suspects at Silver Lakes and Willow Acres Estates respectively”, Mogale said.
Other agencies involved included their Pretoria counterparts, Crime Intelligence, Digital Forensic Laboratory (DFL), Priority Crime Specialised Investigation (PCSI) Mpumalanga and Pretoria, SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).
Mogale said during a search of the first location, a residence at Silver Lakes Estate, the team recovered steroids alleged to have been manufactured onsite.
A 38-year-old woman was arrested.
“The second location visited was the storage facility in Meerlust Street, Equestria, wherein steroids in various stages of packaging were discovered. The third location was in Willow Acres Estate where more steroids and enhancers were found. A 35-year-old female was also arrested”, he said.
Meanwhile as part of another intelligence-driven operation, the SAPS in the Eastern Cape have arrested three suspects for drug dealing and possession in Steynsburg.
“In the early hours of this morning members from Crime Intelligence attached to the Operational Command Centre and Visible Policing were conducting a combined intelligence driven operation”, said provincial spokesperson Captain Ursula Roelofse on Wednesday, 5 August 2020.
“Three different houses were identified”
Upon conducting extensive searches on the homes, the officers found drugs valued at several thousands of rands.
“ 68 Boss mandrax tablets in different sizes and three sachets of tik to the value of R6680-00 together with a plastic bag full of dagga to the value of R 1100-00. The drugs and cash were confiscated”, Roelofse added.
She said the suspects are expected to soon appear in court on charges of possession and dealing in drugs and the possession and dealing in dagga.
The acting District Commissioner Brigadier Rudolph Adolph commended the members on the successful combined operation.
“Thank you for your commitment and dedication. Thank you to the community of Steynsburg that decided to not tolerate crime in their community anymore”, he said.