drugs R1.5 million

The 30 bags of mandrax confiscated by police in the Western Cape. Image: SAPS.

Drug bust: Police confiscate 30 bags of Mandrax worth R1.5 million

Western Cape police arrested a driver for bribery when he tried to bribe them after he was busted with a R1.5 million worth drugs.

drugs R1.5 million

The 30 bags of mandrax confiscated by police in the Western Cape. Image: SAPS.

A driver was arrested after police confiscated 30 bags of drugs (Mandrax tablets) with an estimated street value of R1.5 million during a routine check by members attached to the Western Cape Provincial Organised Crime Investigation Narcotics Section. 

The drugs were found on Friday, 27 January in Beaufort West.


According to the South African Police Service (SAPS), members were busy with routine vehicle checks along the N1 when they spotted a silver Toyota Corolla, parked at a petrol filling station with the driver acting suspiciously when he noticed the members. 

The police approached the driver who then offered them R400 to escort him past traffic officials patrolling the highway. The vigilant members arrested the suspect on a bribery charge and proceeded with a search of his vehicle and found 30 000 mandrax tablets in bags concealed in the boot and panels of the vehicle. Police confiscated the find and seized the vehicle.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Christopher Spies said the suspect remains in police custody. He is expected to make his first court appearance in the local court on Monday, 30 January 2023 on charges of dealing in drugs and bribery.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembisile Patekile, praised those involved for their diligence and vigilance which led to the find. 

“Police will continue to deploy more boots on the ground to rid communities of drugs which poses a threat to the safety of our rural and vulnerable communities,” he said.

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