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2022/10/20      |  Written By:  Ms Z Hani   |   Province:  Western Cape

Western Cape - A suspect aged (59) was arrested during  a disruptive multidisciplinary operation conducted by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation team based in George and Beaufort West K9 this morning, 19 October 2022 for possession and dealing in Illicit drugs.

This comes after a vehicle check point conducted by the team this morning to check on impaired drivers bore fruit. 

The arrest happened early hours of this morning.  It is reported that the 59 year old approached the checkpoint driving  a silver Toyota Grande. The vehicle was then removed to secondary inspection.

The team revealed that during the secondary inspection by the K-9 detection team alerted the team to a false compartment inside the vehicle. The team inspected the false compartment and found 50 packets containing mandrax hidden in the compartment with an estimated street value of over R2,5 million and cash to amount of R11 500 was also seized.

The suspect is expected to appear in the  Beaufort West Magistrates' Court on Friday, 21 October 2022.