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Kathu cops arrest suspected drug dealer

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Members from the Kathu SAPS Crime Prevention unit arrested a suspected drug dealer, who was found in possession of dagga with an estimated street value of R1,500, during stop-and-search operations.

Dagga with an estimated street value of R1,500 was confiscated by the Kathu police. Picture: Supplied

MEMBERS from the Kathu SAPS Crime Prevention unit clamped down on a suspected drug dealer who was found in possession of dagga with an estimated street value of R1,500.

Northern Cape police spokesperson Colonel Mashay Gamieldien said the unit members were conducting stop-and-search operations in the vicinity of Kathu Park in Hendrick van Eck Street on Tuesday, at around 7pm, when they stopped a suspect.

“Upon searching him, Sergeant Ben Eiman found small ziplock bags containing dagga in his possession.”

Gamieldien said the dagga had an estimated street value of R1,500.

“The 31-year-old man was charged for possession of dagga and will appear in the Kathu Magistrate’s Court soon.”

She added that the members also found “lost property”, including hand saws that are used to cut down camel thorn (kameeldoring) trees, as well as knives and a toy gun.

“The police will be following a zero-tolerance approach this Safer Festive Season and are issuing a stern warning to drug dealers that the police will squeeze their space to operate.”

Gamieldien said the police were concerned about the number of youngsters in the area who were buying drugs.

“If caught, they will also feel the full might of the law. Police visibility will be intensified during the festive season,” she concluded.

A 31-year-old man was arrested after he was found in possession of dagga in Kathu. Picture: Supplied
The Kathu police found lost property including hand saws, toy guns and knives. Picture: Supplied
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