On Monday, the Hawks made a significant breakthrough in their fight against drug trafficking in the Western Cape. The specialised unit arrested two suspects transporting mandrax to Cape Town. The drugs, estimated at R3 million, were discovered during a strategic operation on the N1 highway in Worcester.
According to Western Cape spokesperson Zinzi Hani, the Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau team, the Boland K9 unit, and Crime Intelligence received a tip-off about the drug trafficking and acted swiftly to intercept the suspects.
During the operation, officers identified a suspicious motor vehicle. They conducted a search, which led to the discovery of 60,000 single mandrax tablets and 61 packets of mandrax. The two occupants in the car, aged 46 and 48, were immediately apprehended. They will face charges of dealing and trafficking in drugs and crimes relating to the Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992.
The two suspects will appear in Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. The Hawks have commended their team and partners’ efforts in the successful operation, significantly affecting drug trafficking in the province.
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