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Hawks swoop on alleged drug syndicate, 11 suspects arrested

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Drugs worth R3.3 million seized after multidisciplinary team investigates drug trafficking in the Namakwa region.

An alleged member of a drug syndicate is arrested. Pictures: Supplied

ELEVEN suspects who are allegedly members of a drug syndicate were arrested in Springbok and Cape Town on Monday.

Hawks Northern Cape provincial spokesperson Nomthandazo Mnisi said a multidisciplinary team involving the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Springbok K9, Local Criminal Record Centre and Upington Crime Intelligence units led an investigation to address drugs and drug trafficking in the Namakwa cluster.

“The syndicate members, who are between the ages of 29 and 42, were arrested earlier this morning in the Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces for dealing in drugs,” said Mnisi.

She explained that the team infiltrated the syndicate and an assortment of drugs, including mandrax and tik with an estimated street value of over R208,900, were purchased in 13 transactions.

“Two vehicles, cellphones, a camera, mandrax tablets and tik, with an estimated street value of R3.3 million, and an undisclosed amount of money were seized this morning during their arrest,” she added.

Mnisi said that all the suspects are expected to appear before the Springbok Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, March 30.