Police uncover dagga laboratory near Hillcrest

POLICE investigations in the Durban CBD led to the discovery of a dagga laboratory in Molweni near Hillcrest yesterday (10 January).

Following up on information about drugs being sold in the Durban CBD and surrounding areas, the Provincial Drug Task Team gathered information and carried out observations.

“This afternoon at 1.30pm, the members together with the Crime Intelligence arrested the first suspect in the Umbilo area after he was found in possession of a few pockets of dagga,” said KZN police spokesman, Lt/Col Thulani Zwane.

“Police then arrested a second man in Essenwood Road while he was in his vehicle. He was found in possession of pockets of dagga and is suspected of supplying drugs to drug runners. An amount of R18 000, suspected to be drug proceeds was also found in his possession.”

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Zwane said the man was  questioned and he took the police to his container in the Molweni area, where police searched the container and found the hydroponic dagga plants.

One of the suspects was found in possession of pockets of dagga valued at R18 000. It is suspected that he was going to supply the drugs to runners.

“The street value of recovered dagga from the laboratory is more than R400 000. Both men aged 33 and 43 were charged for dealing with drugs and will appear in the Durban and Pinetown Magistrate’s Court today (11 January),” said Zwane.

KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended  the Drug Task Team members for their vigilance and determination to eradicate drug trade in the province.

“We will continue with these operations to root-out the spread of drugs in the streets and we will ensure that we arrest and send all criminals to court for prosecution,” he said.



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