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Ladismith Regional Court sentences accused to eight years direct imprisonment in different drug cases


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

WESTERN CAPE - During October 2022, members of the Ladismith Crime Prevention Unit arrested three male suspects for dealing in drugs on the R62 Road between Ladismith and Barrydale when the vehicle they were travelling in was stopped and searched at a vehicle check point. The members confiscated 1935 mandrax tablets and an undisclosed amount of cash found on one of the occupant in the vehicle.

Thorough investigation conducted by the Provincial Organized Crime Investigation Narcotics Section culminated in the submission of the docket to court where the accused, Henry Adams pleaded guilty on a charge of dealing in drugs and was effectively sentenced to eight years direct imprisonment in the Ladysmith Regional court. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The accused in another drug related case, Michael Peterson, was also sentenced to eight years direct imprisonment in the Ladismith Regional court on 13 October 2023 after being charged for dealing in drugs.  Initial information reveals that Ladismith CPU members acted on information and intercepted a parcel meant for the accused on 26 October 2022. Upon inspecting the parcel when it was delivered to the accused, members discovered 94.43grams of tik and 1919 mandrax tablets to the estimated value of R129 000.50.

The SAPS management in the Western Cape welcomed the sentence and lauded the arresting officers for their vigilance and also the investigating team from Provincial Detectives, Narcotics Team based in George for their excellent investigation. They also added that the sentence should serve as a deterrent to those who think they can smuggle drugs in and out of the province.


Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm Pojie
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