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Suspect nabbed with succulents plants worth more than R200 000

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Northern Cape


KIMBERLEY - A multi-disciplinary intelligence operation led by members of Springbok K9 unit,  Kammieskroon Visible Police and Springbok Public Order Police pounced on succulents with an estimated street value of more than R200 000-00 and a 28-year-old male arrested.

Members operationalised intelligence and raided the suspect's premises for succulents on a plot at Kharkams in Kammieskroon. The police received information about the suspect who was in possession of succulents plants on his plot in Kharkams. During the raid the members found the suspect in possession 3000 succulent plants as well as one live round of rifle ammunition.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Kammieskroon Magistrate’s Court soon, on a count of dealing in endangered plants and unlawful possession of ammunition.

The Station Commander of the Kammieskroon police station, Captain Gert Coetzee commended members who were involved in the operation for arresting the suspect. Police in the Namakwa district will continue unabatedly to squeeze the space for criminals to operate and prevent them from stripping nature from these indigenous plants.


Captain Olebogeng Tawana
082 4949 981


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