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Alert Grahamstown police find dagga worth nearly R600 000 hidden in fuel tank

Feb 5, 2019
Alert Grahamstown police find dagga worth nearly R600 000 hidden in fuel tank

A creative attempt by drug syndicates to fool members of the Grahamstown Highway Patrol and K9 Unit did not work over the weekend.

On Sunday, whilst patrolling on the N2 highway, next to the Waainek area, the team noticed a white Isuzu bakkie with a diesel tank on a trailer flashing an orange emergency light and travelling at high speed. 

"The members became suspicious and they decided to stop the vehicle. On questioning the driver of the contents in the tank, he said it was 'nothing, but they had carried diesel in it'," said police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

"The vehicle was taken to the Vehicle Identification Section pound where they engaged the K9 handler with his specialist narcotic four legged partner, who immediately reacted positively."

Dagga worth nearly R600 000 seized by Grahamstown police

She said that inside the tank, police found 51 black refuse bags packed with loose dagga weighing 285,7kg's, which was seized.

"It has an estimated street value of R582 075," Capt Govender said.

"Five suspects, between the ages 25 years and 44 years, have been arrested and face a charge of dealing in dagga when they appear in the Grahamstown magistrates court later in the week."

Capt Govender said that a few years ago, drug runners tried the same thing, which was discovered members of the Grahamstown Highway Patrol stopped a truck with a tank packed with bags of dagga.

"A couple months ago a similar modus was uncovered, where bags of dagga was discovered in the tank."

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