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Operation targets city drug syndicate, eight suspects arrested

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“Information was received about a syndicate dealing in narcotics in Galeshewe, Roodepan and Beaconsfield”

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A MULTIDISCIPLINARY operation involving the Northern Cape Hawks, Crime Intelligence, Tactical Response Team, Kimberley Flying Squad and K9 unit led to the arrest of eight suspects for allegedly dealing in drugs.

Hawks provincial spokesperson Nomthandao Mnisi said that the arrests followed after information was received about a syndicate dealing in drugs in three different residential areas in Kimberley.

“This major investigation started in July 2019 after information was received about a syndicate dealing in narcotics in Galeshewe, Roodepan and Beaconsfield. The team spent several months monitoring the activities of the group. During the course of the investigation, eleven undercover transactions were made with the members of the syndicate. Mandrax and tik to the value of R471,000 were allegedly purchased from the syndicate members,” said Mnisi.

She added that drugs with an estimated street value of more than R200,000 and cash were also confiscated during the operation.

“During the search and seizure operation, mandrax tablets and tik with an estimated street value of R208,680 were confiscated. Three vehicles and 10 cellphones to the value of R396,000, as well as cash of over R85,000, were also confiscated.”

Mnisi said that eight suspects, aged between 20 to 55, were arrested for dealing in drugs.

She said that the team members were applauded for the arrests.

“The Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation’s provincial head in the Northern Cape, Major-General Kholekile Galawe, applauded the multidisciplinary team for the sterling work. He indicated that this arrest will send a strong message to those who participate in drug trafficking in the Province,” said Mnisi.

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