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ALLEGED DAGGA KINGPIN AND TWO ACCOMPLICES NABBED FOR DEALING IN DAGGA AND MONEY LAUNDERING: NORTH WEST
2020/09/01      |  Written By:  Captain T Rikhotso   |   Province:  North West

NORTH WEST – An alleged dagga kingpin was arrested on Monday in Mahikeng with two other suspects aged between 24 and 29. One of the suspects is employed by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).

The operation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation and Priority Crime Specialised Investigation assisted by members of K9, Local Criminal Records Centre (LCRC) and Border Policing Unit and Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) was aimed to dismantle an illegal enterprise that is alleged to be extensively involved in elaborate clandestine activities involving dealing in dagga and money laundering.

It is reported that the trio illegally smuggled dagga from Swaziland and supplied it to the market in Mahikeng and surrounding towns. Following months of surveillance, evidence gathered further suggests that the suspects are allegedly also involved in money laundering activities involving fixed and movable property.

In February this year, the main suspect was arrested in possession of dagga worth approximately R600 000 where he was charged with dealing in dagga and has now been allegedly linked to money laundering activities.  Two BMW’S, two Mercedes Benz, a Corsa, and a VW Polo belonging to the suspects have subsequently been seized, as they are believed to be proceeds of crime.

The suspects will be appearing before the Mmabatho Magistrates' Court on Tuesday where they will be facing charges of dealing in dagga and money laundering.

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Dagga were seized
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Two BMW’S were seized.
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The operation by the Hawks’
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Dagga were seized
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The operation by the Hawks’