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R2 million worth of dagga recovered from Eswatini smugglers

A joint operation conducted by members of Emahlathini Boarder Policing and members of South Africa National Defence Force has led to the recovery of 49 bags of dagga weighing 472,144 kilograms with an estimated street value of about R1 983 004-80 on 2 April 2023, around 19:15.

A tip-off from community members was received by SAPS members who collaborated with the SANDF members in executing the operation. The identified scene was closely monitored and it was during this period when a group of alleged dagga smugglers were spotted.

When the team tried to corner them, the suspects immediately ran for their lives, crossing the border line from South Africa into The Kingdom of Eswatini. No arrest was made.

In a separate incident in Jeppes Reef, a task team from Border Policing arrested a 23-year-old suspect for alleged possession of 1,12 kilograms of dagga with an estimated street value of about R4 741-00.

The teamā€™s hard work further resulted in the arrest of a 21-year-old foreign national from the Kingdom of Eswatini for alleged possession of gold bearing material.

Both suspects are expected to make their first court appearance at Tonga Magistrateā€™s Court on Monday 3 April 2023.

Another two suspects aged 30 and 32 are expected to appear at Bushbuckrigde Magistrateā€™s Court. The suspects, both foreign nationals also from the kingdom of Eswatini were reportedly found with 11 bags of dagga weighting 157 kg which is valued at R625 000.

It is alleged that the suspects were from the kingdom of Eswatini and enroute to Tzaneen when they were caught by the men and women in Blue.

The SAPS management in Mpumalanga emphasized that these successes are a true reflection that the Police in partnership with other law enforcement agencies mean business in the fight against trafficking of all types of drugs and these activities by the law enforcement agencies will continue until the battle is won. The great efforts and dedication portrait by the members are commended.

SAPS Newsroom

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