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2023/02/17      |  Written By:  Warrant Officer B Nxumalo   |   Province:  Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE – A 37-year-old man is in police custody after he was arrested in the early hours of this morning for drug trafficking. He will appear in the Mooreesburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 20 February 2023.

The Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau with Crime Intelligence Counter Narcotics conducted an operation after receiving information of a bakkie that was transporting drugs. A Chevrolet utility bakkie was intercepted on the N7 highway in Mooreesburg with the assistance from the Vredenburg Traffic officials. The vehicle was searched and 13 000 mandrax tablets were found concealed on the side compartments and in the speakers. The value of the drugs is approximately R520 000.

The suspect was arrested and charged with drug dealing as well as contravening the Drug and Drug Trafficking Act. Previously, the same suspect was granted R50 000 bail on another matter where he was found with 70 000 mandrax tablets in Worcester in December last year.

He is expected to return to Worcester Magistrates’ Court on 23 March 2023.


The vehicle was searched and 13 000 mandrax tablets were found concealed on the side compartment.