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2021/04/08      |  Written By:  Captain P NGWANE   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

On Monday 2021-04-05 at about 11:00, SAPS Tongaat Crime Prevention members arrested a 22-year-old for possession of drugs and Bribery. 

It is alleged that SAPS Tongaat Crime Prevention members Sergeants N Singh and R Pillay were on routine patrols in Tongaat taxi rank when they noticed a male behaving suspiciously. When the Police approached him, he panicked and proceeded to walk away. The Police became suspicious and rushed towards him. Upon searching him, the police found a packet that contained 49 blue and white capsules suspected to be Heroin. While attending to the alleged criminal, the police officers noticed that there was a brewing uproar by Tongaat taxi rank members who were shouting and demanding that the Police Officers should arrest the drug dealer. The police then proceeded to the suspect’s house at Siterams, Emona.

Police searched the suspect’s house and further discovered 334 blue and white capsules suspected to be Heroin, 40 pieces of solid white substance suspected to be rock cocaine, and 90 glass pipes used to smoke rock cocaine.  The suspect took out R1000 from a white container and offered it to the members in exchange for his freedom, but the members  stood their ground and instead seized the cash and further charged him for bribery. 

When the Police were escorting the suspect to the police van, he became aggressive and resisted being handcuffed. This was further complicated by a crowd gathered at the scene that were obstructing police officials and as a result the suspect could not be subdued. The situation became extremely volatile, members called for backup and the suspect was later successfully apprehended.

The drugs to the street value of R20 000 were seized by the police and the suspect was placed under arrest. The suspect was detained at SAPS Tongaat police cells and appeared yesterday, 2021-04-06 before the Verulam Magistrates' Court. 

SAPS Tongaat Station Commander Colonel Santha Moodley praised the members for the swift arrest and refusing the bribe. She commended the members for acting professionally and displaying the highest level of integrity. We will continue in our fight to root out drugs in our communities as they have a negative impact in the society. She further sent a strong warning to the public that obstructing police officials from performing their duties is a serious case and should be avoided.