FIVE NABBED FOR POSSESSION OF DRUGS IN LADYSMITH
Written by: Ndumiso Nxumalo
Five people were arrested by the South African police Service (SAPS) after being found in possession of illegal substances in the Ladysmith area on Tuesday.
Two men, aged 23 and 26 were arrested in Rangoon Road just outside from Ladysmith after being found in possession of heroin straws and mandrax tablets.
It has been reported that over one hundred straws and 10 mandrax tablets were recovered by the police. Due to the quantity of the drugs, the combined estimated street value of the drugs is estimated at over R30 000.
Major Thulani Zwane from the SAPS said they are still trying to track down where the drugs coming from and where they were going.
A little later in the day, two ladies aged 49 and 69 were also found in possession of dagga in the Ladysmith area. The two ladies which each carrying bags with them were arrested while walking along the roadway close to the taxi rank after the police were alert about the two women.
Captain Nqobile Gwala from the SAPS said that the drug abuse and transporting seem to be growing in the region.
In the late afternoon, a 60-year-old man was arrested while using public transport. According to the police, he was travelling on the Helpmekaar road when police stopped the vehicle he was travelling in.
“The recovered dagga in their possession weighed in at approximately 4 kilogrammes and has an estimated street value of around R6 000,” added Gcwala.
He was arrested with just over 12 kilogrammes of dagga with the estimated street value of the dagga is around R17 000.
“As the SAPS we are doing all in hands to make sure that we lessen the drugs activities in the area and we urge the community to work with us to fight this transgression,” said Gwala.
“We are still investigations on tracking down the drugs but I can assure you that as soon as we find something, we let you know,” said Zwane.
The suspects all face charges of being in possession of drugs and are expected to appear in the Ladysmith Magistrate Court on Thursday 09 June.
*Picture: South African Police Service in Ladysmith hunt down drugs activities