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2023/09/29      |  Written By:  Brigadier S Mohlala   |   Province:  Mpumalanga

Nelspruit: 28 September 2023- Two suspects that were caught red handed packaging substances believed to be narcotics were remanded in custody by the Volkrust District Court yesterday, Wednesday 27 September 2023.

The suspects, Philani Dlamini (26) and Sifiso Nkabinde (42) were arrested in Juba Park, Volkrust on Tuesday, 26 September 2023 after police received a tipoff about the illicit dealings at a certain residence in the area.

The Police at Volksrust went to the address in response to the information. It was during this period when they found the two suspects in possession of about 279 small ziplock bags containing the substances which Police suspects to be Nyaope, weighing at about 61,6 grams as well as 24 unpacked packets of suspected Nyaope, weighing at about 111,2 grams and 31 packets of suspected Crystal Meth, weighing at about 34,7 grams. The astute members also discovered one tablet of suspected Mandrax as well as one packet of dagga. What made members to be more convinced that the suspects were somehow involved in trading with these substances, was the undisclosed amount of cash found at the scene. Police are of the view that the money could have been accumulated illegally so, hence the cash was part of the items seized.

One of the suspects, Dlamini was recently arrested for possession of suspected drugs on Saturday, 23 September 2023 but was out after being released by the court on Tuesday 26 September 2023 pending further investigation. Moments after his release, he was caught again for similar drug related offences.

Both suspects were charged for dealing in drugs and during their court appearance, they were remanded in custody for legal representation. Their matter was postponed to 02 October 2023.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has thanked community members who work in partnership with the police to fight crime.