The Upington police stopped and searched a vehicle and found dagga, with an estimated street value of R136,700, and mandrax tablets.
THE UPINGTON Crime Prevention unit arrested two men for possession of dagga, with an estimated street value of R136,700, and mandrax on Saturday, April 17.
The police said that the arrests were due to the “swift response” by unit members who followed up on a tip-off.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Omphile Masegela said information was received about a white Toyota Tazz that was allegedly transporting dagga to Upington from the direction of Olifantshoek.
“The members who were on patrol, Constable Branden Visagie and Warrant Officer Josef Jood, followed up on the information. A vehicle fitting the description was stopped and searched. Dagga with an estimated street value of R136,700 was found, as well as two mandrax tablets,” said Masegela.
Masegela added that two male suspects, aged 28 and 37, were arrested and will appear in court soon.
In an unrelated case, the Griekwastad police are investigating an alleged hit-and-run incident after a 33-year-old pedestrian died after being knocked over by a bakkie.
The incident happened on March 28, just after midnight, in Rainbow, Griekwastad, where the pedestrian, Rina Kobedi, was fatally injured.
Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said that information was followed up on and this led to the arrest of Johannes Maritz, 40.
Maritz, who is a well-known farmer in the area, was arrested just hours after the incident at his home in Griekwastad.
He appeared in the Griekwastad Magistrate’s Court the following day and was released on a warning to appear again on Wednesday, April 21.
The police are still looking for more information regarding the incident. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Michael Rooibaard on 063 521 4920.