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Westrand K9 service dog "buddy" sniffs out concealed suspected crystal meth with an estimated street value of R6.5-million destined for Australia


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Gauteng

PARKTOWN - Detectives of the Gauteng Provincial Organised Crime Investigations: Narcotics Unit and West Rand K9 members on Thursday evening, 11 March 2021 operationalised information on suspected shipment of drugs destined for Australia and activated the K9 service dog "Buddy".

The SAPS members intercepted the consignment of suspected drugs and arrested four suspects before it could be shipped to Australia. The multi-disciplinary team activated the K9 service dog "Buddy". The sniffer dog reacted positively to the contents of the consignment of drugs. Further investigation confirmed that the statue contained 22kg of concealed crystalmeth drugs.

An immediate on-site investigation determined that the positively identified crystalmeth has an estimated street value of R6.5-million. The four suspects were arrested and charged with possession of drugs.

In a separate incident, police intercepted a vehicle in Douglasdale and seized drugs with an estimated value of R 3-million and arrested two suspects for possession of drugs.

The arrested suspects are expected to appear in different Magistrate Courts in due course.

Gauteng Commissioner of police, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended the tireless efforts by members of the SAPS, members of other law enforcement agencies and the community in the strife to curb the proliferation of drugs.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue providing valuable information to the police in relation to suspicious activities and persons.


Captain Kay Makhubele
082 778 0402


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