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Dealer gets 12 years for drug trafficking

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An accused has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for dealing in drugs and drug trafficking.

AN ACCUSED, Matyaleni Freddie Tyebela, 47, has been sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for dealing in drugs and drug trafficking.

Hawks Northern Cape spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said Tyebela was arrested in March 2015 by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team during a project-driven investigation aimed at addressing drug smuggling between Cape Town and Upington.

“During the project, suspects were observed conducting 15 transactions to the value of R305,485. Mandrax tablets and tik with an estimated street value of R875,685 was confiscated by the team,” said Mnisi.

She added that Tyebela was convicted and sentenced in the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court to 15 years imprisonment, of which three years are suspended for five years.

“He will serve an effective 12 years imprisonment.”

The Northern Cape Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation provincial head, Major-General Kholekile Galawe, applauded the team for a successful conviction and sentencing.

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