Police make R100 000 drug bust

Tik, dagga and half a mandrax tablet were found in the wendy house in Heideveld.

Manenberg police made a breakthrough in the fight against crime when they arrested a 47-year-old man from Tambo Village for being in possession of compressed dagga worth R100 000, on Tuesday June 21.

The search of the man’s premises led to the discovery of 12 sealed bags of compressed dagga found hidden in a compartment of a work bench. He appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on charges related to dealing in drugs and was sent straight to Pollsmoor prison with no option of bail. He will reappear in court on Friday July 8.

* In other crime news, a 40-year-old man was arrested for the possession and dealing of tik and dagga on Thursday June 23, in Winterberg Crescent, Heideveld, at 11am.

Members of Manenberg SAPS’ crime prevention unit were patrolling when they were tipped off about the man who was found in the wendy house at the back of the main house with 25 packets of tik, 16 sticks of dagga and half a mandrax tablet. He appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Friday June 24 on chrages of drug dealing and being in the possession of drugs. His next court appearance will be on Friday July 8.

* In a similar incident, six men, aged 30, 32, 33, 36, 44 and 47 were arrested for the possession of tik valued at R10 000, on Wednesday June 22, at 1.15pm.

Manenberg SAPS crime prevention members received information about drug dealing in Thames Avenue while they were doing high density patrols within the precinct to combat gang violence. The crime prevention unit went straight to the address and gained access to the premises. The information lead them to a wendy house at the back of the main house where they found six men. Two men were busy packaging the tik into smaller gram packets. They tried throwing the contraband through the window but they were caught red-handed. Thirty-eight packets of tik had already been packaged. The men appeared in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court ourt on Thursday June 23. Bail was set at R6 000 bail for each of them but only the 32-year-old man managed to pay and the others were sent to Pollsmoor prison and will reappear in court on Tuesday September 6.

* An intensive investigation by Detective Constable Darryl van Noie led to the arrest of three men, aged 19 and two 28-year-olds, on Tuesday, June 21, on charges relating to robbery and kidnapping.

The case was reported by a 28-year-old woman who was allegedly robbed by the suspects who also attempted to kidnap her while she was on her way to take public transport, in Vanguard Estate. She managed to fight them off and they fled the scene with her personal belongings.

Detective Constable Van Noie found that the vehicle she described had already been reported in other robbery cases. He made enquiries and finally got a break through on the same day.

He received information that a similar vehicle was parked at an address in Manenberg. When he found the vehicle, it matched the description given in the other incidents. Detective Constable Van Noie also found the woman’s possessions in the vehicle, including her cellphone.

The 28-year-old man was wanted for several other cases including hijacking and was out on bail for the possession of a firearm case, as well as wanted on a theft of motor vehicle case in Mitchell’s Plain, and wanted for an armed robbery case in Manenberg.

One of the 28-year-olds was sent straight to Pollsmoor prison with no option of bail and the other 28-year-old and the 19-year-old were released on R800 bail. All three men will reappear in court on Friday July 1.

* A 19-year-old woman was robbed of her Samsung J5 cellphone, valued at R3 000, on Monday June 20, at 4pm, opposite Athlone bus terminus. She had crossed the bridge and while waiting for her brother to arrive, three unknown men approached her and one lifted up his T-shirt to show that he had a firearm. No arrests have been made.