3 women, 3 men in court af­ter R1.2m drug bust

Post - - Front Page - CHANELLE LUTCHMAN

THREE women and three men have ap­peared in court in con­nec­tion with a drugs bust by the Hawks and Spe­cialised In­ves­ti­gat­ing Unit. The drugs have a street value of about R1.2 mil­lion.

Dropa­thy Sa­muels, 54, Pamela Da­naraju, 48, Ramesh­nee Rad­hak­ishun, 31, Ganasee­lan Nadasen, 42, Brian Rad­hak­ishun, 41 and Er­rol Sa­muels, 54, made their first ap­pear­ance at the Veru­lam Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

They were ar­rested at 2am on Satur­day at a flat in uMh­langa.

The six will re­main in cus­tody un­til Mon­day, when they are ex­pected to make a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Prose­cu­tor Carl­son Govender said the State needed to ver­ify the ac­cused’s per­sonal de­tails and check for any pre­vi­ous con­di­tions.

A spe­cialised prose­cu­tor might be called in, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to Cap­tain Sim­phiwe Mh­longo of the Hawks, they were in­formed about drug deal­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at the flat and a suc­cess­ful oper­a­tion was sub­se­quently car­ried out.

He claimed the six were caught red-handed pack­ag­ing heroin cap­sules.

“Mem­bers seized 2.5kg of heroin pow­der, 10 000 heroin cap­sules, 4 000 man­drax tablets and 1 000 ec­stasy tablets. The equip­ment used was also con­fis­cated,” he said.

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