R630K co­caine bust case post­poned

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By LOYISO DYONGMAN

Two Nige­rian na­tion­als who were ar­rested for be­ing in pos­ses­sion of co­caine worth R630 000 will ap­pear in the Gra­ham­stown Mag­is­trate's court on Tues­day 20 De­cem­ber.

The men, aged 36 and 42, were ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of around 1.8kg co­caine on Thurs­day, 1 De­cem­ber on the N2 just out­side Gra­ham­stown.

On Mon­day 12 De­cem­ber they ap­peared in the mag­is­trate's court for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion, but due to the ab­sence of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, the case was post­poned to next week Tues­day.

State Pros­e­cu­tor Ne­va­dia Adri­aan told Gro­cott’s Mail that the state will op­pose the bail ap­pli­ca­tion of the two men.

“The in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer was not avail­able so their bail ap­pli­ca­tion was post­poned. Yes they want to ap­ply for bail but the state is strongly op­pos­ing that. They tried to bribe the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers dur­ing their ar­rest so this is very se­ri­ous,” said Adri­aan.

The men are fac­ing two charges; one for pos­ses­sion of drugs and an­other for at­tempt­ing to bribe an of­fi­cer of the law.

Provin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Khaya Ton­jeni said that the two sus­pects tried to bribe the of­fi­cers by of­fer­ing them a sum of R12 000 that was hid­den in a shoe in the back-seat of their ve­hi­cle dur­ing their ar­rest.

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