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Drugs worth R177 500 seized and 26 illegal foreigners arrested during Operation Fiela

AUGUST 25, 2015
Drugs worth R177 500 seized and 26 illegal foreigners arrested during Operation Fiela

Eastern Cape police on Tuesday announced that an Operation Fiela effort that hit the streets of  KwaNobuhle and Kirkwood last Friday yielded positive results as a huge amount of drugs was seized and a number of illegal foreigners arrested.

"A large amount of cash and Mandrax valued at R82 000 were recovered during Operation Fiela in KwaNobuhle last Friday and two men, in their early thirties, were arrested for possession of drugs charges," the police said.

"The community of KwaNobuhle was surprised to find the area saturated by law enforcement agencies and realised that Operation Fiela was in town. Search warrants were obtained to search several identified premises, upon searching a house in Oscar Mpeta Street, Kwanobuhle, a 31-year-old man was arrested for possession of Mandrax tablets valued at over R57 000."

In another drug spot in Bantom Road, police seized Mandrax tablets to the street value of R25 000 and a large amount of cash.

"A 51-year-old was also arrested in possession of Mandrax tablets valued R6 000.

"Three motorists, aged between 22 and 36, were arrested for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor; additionally, more than 120 traffic fines to the value of R42 300 were issued for offences varying from driving a motor vehicle without a licence to driving vehicles that were not roadworthy," the police said.

Three foreign nationals were found with expired permits.

On Saturday evening, similar operations were conducted in Kirkwood and Addo.

"A 36-year-old man was arrested during a stop and search operation, for possession of 7.53kg’s of Dagga to the street value of R7 500. The Dagga and vehicle were seized as it was discovered that the engine number was tampered with. 

"Three liquor outlets were closed for dealing in liquor without licences," the police said.

"84 traffic fines for various traffic offences valued at R45 900 were also issued.

"Eighteen foreign nationals were found without permits and another five with expired permits."