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Man arrested for dagga plantation

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“In the quest to rid communities of drugs”, police arrested the suspect following the discovery of the plantation

PLANTATION: Members of the Kimberley K9 unit arrested a 59-year-old man after a dagga plantation was discovered in his yard in Jan Kempdorp. Picture: SAPS

A 59-YEAR-old man has been arrested after a dagga plantation, containing dagga with an estimated street value of R30 000, was discovered in his yard in Jan Kempdorp at the weekend.

Police yesterday said that “in the quest to rid communities of drugs”, the Kimberley K9 unit, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Damane, arrested the suspect following the discovery of the plantation.

“The suspect is expected to appear in the Jan Kempdorp Magistrates’ Court on a charge of dealing in dagga,” police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, said.

Mooi added that, in a separate incident, two men were arrested in Pampierstad, after they were found in possession of mandrax and dagga.

“The two suspects, aged 18 and 39, were found in possession of drugs with an estimated street value of R680. Both are due to appear in the Pampierstad Magistrates’ Court.”

Another two suspects were also arrested after they were also found in possession of mandrax and dagga.

“Upington Public Order Police members and Visible Policing members from Danielskuil, under the command of the Acting Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jacques September, reacted on information received from the community on Friday regarding drugs being sold in the Tlhakalathou informal settlement,” police spokesperson, Colonel Mashay Gamaldien, said.

“While performing Safer Festive Season operations at 9pm on Friday evening, the members raided two shacks next to each other where drugs were allegedly being sold.

“The two shacks were raided simultaneously and a 36-year-old suspect was arrested after he was found in possession of 89 half mandrax tablets with an estimated street value of R8 950.

“At the second shack, a 57-year-old man was arrested where 16 pokes of dagga was seized. Police also confiscated R803 in cash believed to be the proceeds of drug sales. Both suspects will appear in the Postmasburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday (today),” Gamaldien added.

During the same crime prevention operations, police also arrested five people for being under the influence of alcohol and riotous behaviour.

One suspect, wanted in connection with an attempted murder case, was also apprehended.