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Police in the Western Cape arrest suspects for possession of drugs and abalone

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

CAPE TOWN - Integrated operations led by SAPS units in the Western Cape ensured the confiscation of drugs and abalone in two isolated incidents on Saturday 18 March 2023

Piketberg police conducted vehicle checkpoint along the N7 Highway during integrated operations yesterday, Saturday, 18 March 2023. During these operations they searched a suspicious vehicle and its occupants which resulted in the confiscation of a total of 2003 mandrax tablets and methamphetamine with an estimated street value of R300 000. Four suspects were arrested and detained on a charge of dealing in drugs.

In an unrelated incident, Maitland Flying Squad pursued information about two suspicious vehicle roaming the area of Muizenberg. The members proceeded to the area where they spotted the vehicles, they stopped both vehicles and conducted an intense search. They ultimately found and confiscated 194 units of abalone inside the trunk of vehicles. Five suspects between the ages of 23 and 45 were arrested and detained on charges of possession of abalone.

Once charged the suspects are expected to make their respective court appearances in the Piketberg and Muizenberg Magistrate court’s on the mentioned charges    


Warrant Officer Joseph Swartbooi
071 604 8321



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