Cops mum on cash stash

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NORTH­ERN Cape police have re­fused to pro­vide any com­ment on the ap­par­ent link be­tween an al­leged money run­ner, who was ar­rested near Coles­berg in pos­ses­sion of a large amount of cash, and a fam­ily re­la­tion who is a high-rank­ing police of­fi­cer based in Pre­to­ria.

This is de­spite the Pro­vin­cial Com­mis­sioner, Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Peter Shivuri, com­mend­ing mem­bers un­der his com­mand for their vig­i­lance in bring­ing the ac­cused to book on the week­end.

The ac­cused, Jer­maine John­son, 21, and Dearon No­ble, 18, were charged with money laun­der­ing af­ter they were found to be in pos­ses­sion of a large amount of cash, be­lieved to be around R2 mil­lion, which was stashed in the boot of a white Volk­swa­gen Golf V that they were trav­el­ling in on the N1 high­way near Coles­berg.

The money was sorted into de­nom­i­na­tions of R100 and R200 bank notes.

It is be­lieved that the ac­cused were trans­port­ing the money on be­half of a busi­ness­man, from Pre­to­ria to Cape Town.

One of the ac­cused, who is, ac­cord­ing to re­li­able sources, a fam­ily re­la­tion of a ma­jor-gen­eral in the De­tec­tive Ser­vices Di­vi­sion in Pre­to­ria, was wear­ing a yel­low and blue, branded police track­suit top at the time of his ar­rest.

No one has con­firmed whether the ac­cused is in fact em­ployed by the SAPS or how he came into the pos­ses­sion of cloth­ing bearing the SAPS logo if he is not a police of­fi­cer.

The police have also not di­vulged the amount of cash that was seized due to “in­ves­ti­ga­tion rea­sons”.

Police spokesper­son, Cap­tain Ole­bo­geng Tawana, pointed out yes­ter­day that they did not com­ment on “parental links”.

“We have noth­ing to do with who they be­long to. All we can say is that we ar­rested the sus­pects with a lot of cash and they were trav­el­ling from Pre­to­ria to Cape Town. They are in cus­tody.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity both ac­cused are still in cus­tody and will reap­pear in the Coles­berg Mag­is­trate’s Court on Fri­day to ar­range le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

The ac­cused were stopped and searched dur­ing a road­block at the Coles­berg weigh­bridge as part of a multi-dis­ci­plinary operation in­volv­ing police, pro­vin­cial traf­fic and Home Af­fairs at the bor­ders of neigh­bour­ing prov­inces – the North­ern Cape, East­ern Cape and Western Cape – over the long week­end.

The fo­cus of the tri­lat­eral operation was on il­le­gal firearms, stolen ve­hi­cles, the transportation of il­le­gal or stolen goods, drugs and the trac­ing of wanted sus­pects and un­doc­u­mented per­sons.

CASHED OUT: Two sus­pects ap­peared in court af­ter a large amount of money was found in their pos­ses­sion this week­end. Pic­ture: Sup­plied

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