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Suspected Boshof dagga farmers to appear in court

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Hawks discovered that dagga was planted in a field on a farm in the Boshof district “with controlled growing processes”

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TWO SUSPECTS, aged 24 and 26 years, are expected to appear in the Christiana Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of illegal possession of dagga with intent to distribute and cultivating dagga on a farm in the Boshof district.

Police spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said that in a multi-disciplinary controlled operation members of the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime unit in the North West conducted several purchases with the suspect. During the second purchase a suspect was arrested. Further investigation resulted in the second suspect being arrested as well.

“Upon visiting the farm, the Hawks discovered that dagga was planted in a field with controlled growing processes.”

Mogale stated that the national head of the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) commended the team for “having worked on this organised criminal group until they reached the source of the dagga”.

“Instead of doing legitimate farming, the farm was used to illegally produce this dependence-producing substance. Attention will also be paid to the farm that was used to cultivate the substance to determine whether it can be forfeited to the state,” the head of the Hawks, Dr Godfrey Lebeya, said.

Investigations are continuing.