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Suspect in R1.5 million drugs bust remanded in custody

May 22, 2018
Suspect in R1.5 million drugs bust remanded in custody

A 43-year-old suspect arrested with a more than R1.5 million worth of drugs has been remanded in custody after making a brief appearance at Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Frank Nwaru was arrested by the Hawks’ South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) after they acted on information of alleged drug dealing near a primary school in the area. 

"The suspect was spotted leaving his apartment and when he noticed that he was being followed, he allegedly threw a black plastic bag inside his vehicle and attempted to run away. The suspect was immediately overpowered and detained whilst his vehicle was searched revealing the contents of the plastic bag to be drugs," described police spokesperson, Captain Tlangelani Rikhotso.

"The members took the suspect back to the apartment and a thorough search uncovered neatly packed crystal meth and CAT drugs worth approximately R1.5 million."

Nwaru made a brief appearance at the Klerksdorp magistrate court on Monday facing a charge of illegal possession of drugs.

His case was postponed to 29 May for a formal bail application.

North West Hawks Provincial Head Major General Linda Mbana applauded the team adding that "Drugs affect our communities negatively and that is why we will continue to dedicate our efforts into fighting the scourge of drugs and arrest the perpetrators.”