Two busted in Port Alfred with 156kg dagga worth R368 000

JUNE 23, 2016

Sharp police work paid off when Port Alfred SAPS members recovered 10-and-a-half bags of dagga and arrested two men, aged 35 and 44, in the early hours of Thursday morning. The haul weighed 156kg and had an estimated street value of R368 000.

"The highway patrol, Vispol and K9 team made the bust after spotting and stopping a white Fort Bantam in the coastal town at about 02:40," described police spokesperson, Captain Luvuyo Mjekula.

"The team had been conducting observation duties in the CBD when the vehicle suddenly changed direction at a stop street. The suspicious police members chased after the car and pulled it over on Albany Road.

"On searching the car, they discovered bags of dagga stashed underneath a mattress. The driver of the vehicle, who had jumped out of the car, confirmed he and his passenger had been transporting to Port Elizabeth."

The two suspects, both from Libode in the old Transkei, were charged with possession of dagga and are due to appear in the Port Alfred Magistrate’s Court shortly.

Port Alfred Cluster Commander, Brigadier Morgan Govender, congratulated the members for their “excellent work”.

“This sends a message that we will keep the fight against drugs going in this cluster,” said Brig Govender.

Image: Port Alfred SAPS members, from left to right, Constables Xolani Mxube, Ndikho Magasela and Mpendulo Jezile with the dagga they recovered in the coastal town in the early hours of this morning.