Police tackle drug dealers

Woodstock police confiscated 180 mandrax tablets and money from a known dealer.

Woodstock police swooped on a suspected drug den in Hofmeyer Lane last Thursday, June 29, and arrested an alleged “notorious drug dealer”.

Police executed a search warrant at the house after weeks of surveillance .

The spokesman for Woodstock police, Sergeant Hilton Malila, said during the search police found 180 mandrax tablets hidden in a safe.

Police also seized a substantial amount of money in the man’s possession.

“We arrested a 40-year-old man for dealing and possession of drugs. The estimated street value of the confiscation is around R10 000,” Sergeant Malila said.

The man appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on drug related charges.

“Operations of this nature will be conducted regularly to curb the scourge of drug trafficking within the Woodstock policing precinct. We also urge communities to keep on informing us of illegal activities taking place and to be our eyes and ears in this partnership,” Sergeant Malila said.

The Woodstock Crime Prevention Unit (CPU) raided the informal settlement situated in Railway Road, Woodstock, on Tuesday, July 4.

A 41-year-old man and a 35-year-old womAn were arrested for possession of drugs.

Sergeant Malila said the arrests follow crime prevention patrols at the informal settlement, known as Mascani, when CPU members “outsmarted” the drug peddlers and confiscated 227 units of U0nga (heroine), seven mandrax tablets and 11 packets of tik.

“The team also seized a substantial amount of cash found in the possession of one of the suspects.

“The suspects currently in police custody are facing charges of possession and dealing in drugs,” he said.