A 32-year-old suspect was arrested and charged for possession of drugs after he was supposedly caught transporting drugs to Newcastle from Gauteng during the 21day national lockdown.
A multi-disciplinary operation was conducted on March 31, KwaZulu-Natal police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said.
“The police officers received information about the suspect transporting drugs from Gauteng to Newcastle.”
“The police officers were then placed on strategic points and the vehicle was spotted traveling on a gravel road just outside Newcastle.”
“The driver of the vehicle was then intercepted at 19:30pm on the N11 Road in Ingogo.”
Gwala said the police started to search on the vehicle and a loose compartment was then discovered.
“It was then opened and mandrax tablets were found hidden inside. A total of 3 372 mandrax tablets to the total value of R200 000 was recovered.”
Mbele said R1 000 was also taken.
The man is expected to appear in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court today.
“The results shown by an integrated approach are commended. The operations are still on-going in the province,” said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.
Earlier this week, Metro Police searched a tuckshop in Merewent and discovered it was selling alcohol and drugs.
Merewent Community Policing Forum chairperson Donovan Anderson said: “It was about time we have had many complaints about the shop.”