Police in Kathu swoop on drug dealing den
Kathu Crime Prevention members swooped on a suspected drug den in the early hours of the morning of 4 May.
South African Police Service members in Kathu in the Northern Cape raided a suspected drug den in the early hours of Monday morning.
The raid led by Kathu Crime Prevention Unit saw police confiscate drugs with an estimated street value of R3,000 and cash presumed to be the proceeds of illicit trade.
Kathu SAPS clamp down on drugs
A 49-year-old man was arrested and charged with dealing drugs after police found him in possession of mandrax tablets and crystal meth.
“The efforts of Kathu Crime Prevention members are continuing unabated as Sargeant Ben Eiman, and Constables Blythe Jantjes and Beatriz Canchibato continue to clamp down on drug dealing in the Kathu area,” SAPS Spokesperson Colonel Mashay Gamieldien said.
“During the early hours of this morning, 4 May 2020 at approximately 01:00, the members executed a search warrant after receiving information at a house in Siyathemba in Kathu where drugs are alleged to be sold.
“Upon searching the house, the members discovered mandrax tablets and crystal meth with an estimated street value of R3 000-00 and cash amounting to R7569-40 believed to be the proceeds of the sale of the drugs.
“Constable Blythe Jantjes arrested the 49-year-old male suspect and charged him for dealing in drugs.”
The 49-year-old suspect will soon appear in the Kathu Magistrates court.
Station Commander of Kathu SAPS, Lieutenant Colonel Sandra Boshof, lauded the efforts of members in her command. SAPS have been putting the squeeze on the drug trade in Kathu and beyond during the lockdown.
“Police will continue unabated to squeeze the space for drug dealers to operate, ” said Boshof.
She also applauded the members for their continued perseverance and commitment to eradicating drugs from the streets of Kathu.
Lockdown gives police a boost in battle against organised crime
The national lockdown has provided the SAPS and other law enforcement with the opportunity to put pressure on organised crime by squeezing the drug supply.
Suppliers remain resourceful though, and police have found that smugglers are still getting their product to street dealers.
The heroin trade in South Africa alone is estimated to be worth at least $260 million a year.
While violent crime has plummeted under the lockdown, criminals continue to smuggle drugs and people across provincial and national lines. Police Minister Bheki Cele has attributed the fall in murder, rape and assault to the ongoing ban on the sale of alcohol.
Drug dealers arrested in recent operations have also been found to be trading in liquor.