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Humansdorp man in court after police discover his dagga plantation

Mar 22, 2019
Humansdorp man in court after police discover his dagga plantation

Humansdorp - A 33-year-old Humansdorp man is expected in court on Friday after local police found his dagga plantation and seized dagga plants and processed dagga worth over R50 000.

"In line with our Back to Basics approach of targeted and informed deployment of resources, SAPS Humansdorp and Kareedouw members continued with their actions to seize drugs and arrest those culprits involved in drug peddling in the Humansdorp Cluster," said police spokesperson, Capt Gerda Swart.

"In the first success, members from SAPS Kareedouw attended to a complaint at 11:45 on Thursday morning at an informal home in Clarkson."

She said that upon investigation, members found about 105 dagga trees outside and loose dagga that was already harvested inside boxes and a 50kg bag.

"The value is estimated at over R50 000."

Members arrested a 33-year-old male on a charge of cultivation of dagga.

He is due to appear in the Humansdorp Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Man arrested on N2 by Humansdorp police with khat

"About 15 minutes later, alert members from SAPS Humansdorp was busy conducting routine patrols on the N2 at 12:00 on Thursday when they pulled over a truck and searched the belongings of a passenger," Capt Swart said.

"The 34-year-old hitchhiker was found in possession of 480 khat plants.

"The estimated value of the khat was established to be about R2 400."

Khat or qat is a flowering plant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Khat contains the alkaloid cathinone, a stimulant, which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite, and euphoria.

She said that the 34-year-old male suspect is also due to appear in the Humansdorp Magistrate’s Court on Friday on a charge of illegal possession of khat.  

Humansdorp SAPS Cluster Commander, Brigadier John Lebok, commended the police officials for the successes.

He said: “We will continue with our actions to effectively clamp down on drug dealers who destroy the innocent lives of our community".
 
"The South African Police Service call upon the community to work with the SAPS in reducing crime and we appeal to the community to provide valuable information that will lead to the arrest of those involved in crime. Contact Crime Stop 08600 10111 or Crime Line SMS 32211."

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